North side of replacement bridge June 2009
View from Meridian Road just North of Lovers Lane
Photo taken by James Norwood
BH Photo #141209
The original bridge at this location was a pony truss [Photo available from 1973 inspection]. There is a story that the truss was damaged during construction of US 24 by the highway contractor and the damaged truss was replaced with adjacent pre-stressed concrete box beams [Photo from 1977 inspection].
No evidence of there being a concrete arch at this location.
The structure was replace in 2007 with adjacent pre-stressed box beams on a spread footing located south of the original location to align with Lovers Lane. This realignment eliminated the STOP sign on Lovers Lane and vehicles stopping on the structure.
Steven, I am sorry to report this bridge has been replaced with your typical concrete bridge with no character. I took a side trip today to visit again and was saddened to see the bridge replaced. I agree, it really added to the flavor of the neighborhood countryside and hills and one could not miss it when they approached from either side(and Meridian Road). I am not sure when exactly it was replaced, but it looked pretty recent, as in the past 3 or 4 years. Last time I passed along this road was probably 2003 and it was still there then in my recollection.
This is one of the most romantic spots in all of Miami. I took a date there and it was magical. Now I know why this bridge was so appropriately placed on Lovers Lane. Just as it carries the road above the stream, this bridge helped carry my heart to meet with my true lover.