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Point Chosen Swing Bridge


View of upper chord and end post

V-Lacing is present on the top and bottom of the upper chords on this one!

Photo taken by Matt Lohry


BH Photo #223274

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Video by Mark Boettcher

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This bridge is one of the most fascinating swing bridges I've ever seen--it's a pony truss that appears to be of a design similar to a Howe truss, with V-lacing everywhere, including on the verticals and the upper and lower chords. The steel grid deck is mounted in such a way that it almost looks like a deck truss from a distance, and the approaches are concrete slab spans. The bridge is manually opened by inserting a steel rod into an attachment in the deck, right in the center of the bridge's main span. The structure is a one-lane bridge that carries traffic onto Torry Island, a major boat landing area for Lake Okeechobee.


Swing bridge over Okeechobee Rim Canal on CR 717
Palm Beach County, Florida
Open to traffic
Built 1935
Total length: 448.2 ft.
Also called
Torry Island Bridge
Okeechobee Rim Canal Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.70528, -80.71278   (decimal degrees)
26°42'19" N, 80°42'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/528570/2953824 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belle Glade
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
FDOT 930072 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.8 (out of 100)
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Built 1935 (1,490)
Built during 1930s (12,173)
Florida (681)
Have street view (28,927)
Movable (3,121)
Navigable waterway (2,207)
One-lane traffic (7,843)
Open (40,971)
Owned by county (21,618)
Palm Beach County, Florida (46)
Swing (1,565)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,513)

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2022: New photos from Mark Boettcher
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 12, 2012: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added description
  • October 12, 2011: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • June 18, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


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Okeechobee Rim Canal Bridge
Posted June 23, 2017, by Matt Lohry

This one is hand-operated as well.