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Old East Bay Bridge


East Bay Bridge, Panama City


View this photo at allposters.com

BH Photo #193448



3 trusses of this bridge were dumped into the ocean to become part of an artificial reef.


Parker through truss bridge over East Bay on Oakshore Drive (old alignment of US 98)
Panama City, Bay County, Florida
Built 1927; All spans removed 2008; 3 spans unk to become an artificial reef
Parker through truss
Also called
Tyndall Bridge
Dupont Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.10310, -85.60753   (decimal degrees)
30°06'11" N, 85°36'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/634167/3331028 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Long Point
Inventory number
BH 48060 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added build datel Noted that 3 spans became an artificial reef
  • April 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added category "Converted to an artificial reef"
  • December 11, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added loss date.
  • February 8, 2011: Added by James McCray



Old East Bay Bridge
Posted January 1, 2014, by victor (vlbrunton [at] juno [dot] com)

A couple more pictures of the old Dupont (East Bay) Bridge.

I like these because they relate to the postcard and artist's rendition of the completed bridge.

The previous pictures I posted showed the ruins of the bridge from south to north; these pictures are of the bridge from north to south.


Old East Bay Bridge
Posted December 29, 2013, by victor (vlbrunton [at] juno [dot] com)

Pictures and comment from 11 Dec 2013 are mine. Do not know why they are posted as "anonymous."

Also, the old bridge was known as the Dupont Bridge, a name also given to the new bridge.

I was a resident of Bay County circa 1973-1976, at which time the remains of the old Dupont Bridge were used as a fishing bridge.

Old East Bay Bridge
Posted December 12, 2013, by Zachary S

An old truss being sunk to create an artificial reef? ... I must admit, that's actually pretty cool and far better than sending them to the scrapyard, though of course I'd rather the bridge remain standing and in use instead of being demolished at all.

Old East Bay Bridge
Posted December 12, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

picture of the bridge being dropped into the gulf for an artificial reef project.


Old East Bay Bridge
Posted December 11, 2013, by Anonymous

This, and the old Hathaway bridge (West Bay Bridge), were swing span draw bridges. Old spans of the East Bay Bridge stood until 2008. Five spans stood - two from the north and three from the south. The third span from the south was somewhat larger than the other four spans and was the deck that met the swing span. The swing span and at least one other span from the north were removed circa 1972, the date that the current East Bay Bridge opened. Pictures are from Google Virtual Pike (vpike.com) and may still be available on Google Earth.