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Point Chosen Swing Bridge

Photos 

View of upper chord and end post

V-Lacing is present on the top and bottom of the upper chords on this one!

Photo taken by Matt Lohry

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BH Photo #223274

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Street Views 

Description 

This bridge is one of the most fascinating swing bridges I've ever seen--it's a pony truss that appears to be of a design similar to a Howe truss, with V-lacing everywhere, including on the verticals and the upper and lower chords. The steel grid deck is mounted in such a way that it almost looks like a deck truss from a distance, and the approaches are concrete slab spans. The bridge is manually opened by inserting a steel rod into an attachment in the deck, right in the center of the bridge's main span. The structure is a one-lane bridge that carries traffic onto Torry Island, a major boat landing area for Lake Okeechobee.

Facts 

Overview
Swing bridge over Okeechobee Rim Canal on CR 717
Location
Palm Beach County, Florida
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1935
Design
Swing
Dimensions
Total length: 448.2 ft.
Also called
Torry Island Bridge
Okeechobee Rim Canal Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.70528, -80.71278   (decimal degrees)
26°42'19" N, 80°42'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/528570/2953824 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belle Glade
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
1,260
Inventory numbers
FDOT 930072 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Categories 

Built 1935 (1,421)
Built during 1930s (11,492)
Florida (647)
Have street view (26,256)
Movable (2,909)
Navigable waterway (2,128)
One-lane traffic (7,558)
Open (39,241)
Owned by county (20,398)
Palm Beach County, Florida (39)
Swing (1,412)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,124)

Update Log 

  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 12, 2012: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added description
  • October 12, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • June 18, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Matt Lohry
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Okeechobee Rim Canal Bridge
Posted June 23, 2017, by Matt Lohry

This one is hand-operated as well.