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Bridge of Lions


The central span

A view of the great Ponce de Leon bridge. Saint Augustine, FL July 24, 2012

Photo taken by Pedro Rezende in July 2012


BH Photo #266798


Street View 


Bascule bridge over Matanzas River (ICWW) on FL A1A in St. Augustine
St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida
Open to traffic
Built 1927; reopened March 16, 2010, following a lengthy rehabilitation
- J. E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, Maryland & Chicago, Illinois (Design)
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Scherzer type double-leaf rolling lift Bascule Deck plate girder with cantilevered, arch-shaped deck plate girder approach spans.
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 1,545.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.89306, -81.30722   (decimal degrees)
29°53'35" N, 81°18'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/470337/3306974 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Augustine
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
FDOT 780074 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12508 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 14, 2018: New photo from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 3, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added the prominent engineer associated with this bridge.
  • February 24, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • September 17, 2013: New photos from Pedro Rezende
  • December 31, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 17, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge has reopened; added Street View link showing the bridge during its reconstruction
  • December 12, 2009: New photo from Robert Thompson



Bridge of Lions
Posted September 20, 2010, by Clark Vance

FDOT should be proud. Looks like a fine structure was preserved.


Bridge of Lions
Posted February 8, 2007, by Brian and Jennifer Roos (dragon8warrior [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't know which one was more interesting, the Bridge of Lions or the temporary vertical lift bridge. We took a local scenic boat cruise to get an up close view through the channel.