Rating:
3 votes

Bridge of Lions

Photos 

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

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BH Photo #266798

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over Matanzas River (ICWW) on FL A1A in St. Augustine
Location
St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1927; reopened March 16, 2010, following a lengthy rehabilitation
Builder
- J. E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, Maryland & Chicago, Illinois (Design)
Design
Scherzer type double-leaf rolling lift Bascule Deck plate girder with cantilevered, arch-shaped deck plate girder approach spans.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 1,545.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Recognition
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 2014)
19,000
Inventory numbers
FDOT 780074 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12508 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
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: 68.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • 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

Sources 

Comments 

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

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

http://www.fdotbridgeoflions.com/

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.