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Shands Bridge


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Concrete trestle beam bridge with drawspan over St. Johns River on FL-16
St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida
Open to traffic
Future prospects
To be demolished and replaced with new high-level bridge as part of the First Coast Expressway project. Exact timeline unknown.
Built 1961
Concrete trestle beam bridge with steel bascule span
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 6,662.4 ft. (1.3 mi.)
Deck width: 34.0 ft.
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)
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 4, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • 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


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  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Shands Bridge
Posted April 4, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is slated for demolition and replacement as part of the First Coast Expressway project, although no timetable has been set.

The new bridge will likely be of a similar design to the Henry H. Buckman Bridge upstream - concrete girder/trestle bridge but with a high rise span to allow marine traffic to pass through without a moveable span.

There is a possibility that the new bridge will be privately-owned and therefore will be a toll bridge, however it seems unlikely. The FCE is/will be privately managed, but as far as I know the new Shands Bridge will be public infrastructure.

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...