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Southern Boulevard Bridge

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Southern Boulevard Bridge

West Palm Beach FL

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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Overview
Bascule bridge over Intracoastal Waterway on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach
Location
Palm Beach County, Florida
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1950
Design
Bascule
Dimensions
Total length: 957.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.67528, -80.04833   (decimal degrees)
26°40'31" N, 80°02'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/594692/2950823 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Palm Beach
Inventory numbers
FDOT 930097 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12473 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 46.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
11,400

Update Log 

  • July 24, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 14, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 5, 2013: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Southern Boulevard Bridge
Posted December 6, 2013, by Zachary S

If it weren't for liability, in our inconceivably litigious world, I imagine not only would we be able to do such neat things, but also countless historic bridges would be saved in place. Given the stories my grandparents have told, it hasn't always been this way, and things were much better back in those days! Gawd, I sound like a reminiscing old-timer already at 23...

Southern Boulevard Bridge
Posted December 6, 2013, by Anonymous

Yeah!

Southern Boulevard Bridge
Posted December 6, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I hate living in a world that revolves around liability. Letting people ride on the bridge is cool!

Southern Boulevard Bridge
Posted December 6, 2013, by Matt Lohry

The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, MN, uses a voice recording to announce the bridge is about to move. They used to allow pedestrians to ride up with the span, but insurance liability prohibits it now.

Southern Boulevard Bridge
Posted December 5, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Warnings before movement of a movable bridge seem to vary from place to place. In Port Huron, MI, someone always comes over the megaphone saying "Bridge Going Up/Down." Other places, I have not seen this done. Some bridges are operated only after a loud, piercing air horn or siren is sounded. In Chicago, with highway bascules, the only auditory announcement is the gate bells. However, those bridges are only operated after the team of bridge operators has checked to make sure everyone is clear from the bridge.

Southern Boulevard Bridge
Posted December 5, 2013, by Anonymous

QUICK COMMENT, YOU HAVE ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT LOVES HIS VOICE AND THE LOUD SPEAKER, REALLY NOT NECCESSARY TO INFORMN THE SURROUNDING AREA THAT THE BRIDGE IS GOING UP OR DOWN. I HAVE SPOKEN TO HIM IN THE PAST, HE HAS IMPROVED BUT CONTINUES TO VOICE HIS ALMOST AGGRESSIVE TONE, AT TIMES I'M SURE IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE BUT COME ON. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT IF IT'S A LIABILITY ISSUE, WELL FISHING SHOULD BE PROHITED ON SOUTHERN BRIDGE.