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Shands Bridge

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Overview
Concrete trestle beam bridge with bascule span over St. Johns River on FL-16
Location
St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Plans to replace or upgrade bridge in place since 2004, but stalled ever since
History
Built 1961
Design
Concrete trestle beam bridge with steel bascule span
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 6,662.4 ft. (1.3 mi.)
Deck width: 34.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Alvin G. Shands Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.98532, -81.61786   (decimal degrees)
29°59'07" N, 81°37'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/440399/3317319 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
15,000
Inventory numbers
FDOT 780056 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 80512 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2018: Updated by Luke: Bridge has a removable center span; Not a bascule
  • April 9, 2018: New Street View added by Amanda
  • April 5, 2018: Updated by Amanda: How did the bascule span get removed?
  • February 20, 2018: New Street View added by Amanda

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

Shands Bridge
Posted April 9, 2018, by Luke

It means the span is removable via crane in case someone with a craft exceeding the height of the bridge needs to pass.

Usually built when there's not enough traffic of that sort to warrant expensive mechanisms.

Shands Bridge
Posted April 9, 2018, by Luke

I'm not the one removing it, but it's not a bascule, it's a "removable" span: https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=6401...