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Point Chosen Swing Bridge


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


BH Photo #223274


Street Views 


    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.


    Swing bridge over Okeechobee Rim Canal on CR 717
    Palm Beach County, Florida
    Open to traffic
    Built 1935
    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 2016)
    Inventory numbers
    FDOT 930072 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
    BH 12470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
    Inspection report (as of September 2016)
    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: 46.8 (out of 100)
    View more at BridgeReports.com


    Built 1935 (1,394)
    Built during 1930s (11,244)
    Florida (614)
    Have street view (25,414)
    Movable (2,845)
    Navigable waterway (2,091)
    One-lane traffic (7,535)
    Open (38,217)
    Owned by county (20,054)
    Palm Beach County, Florida (39)
    Swing (1,358)
    Total length 250-500 feet (4,886)

    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


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    • Matt Lohry
    • Douglas Butler


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

    This one is hand-operated as well.