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20 Mile Bend Bridge


Portal view from the north

These photos were taken with an i-phone and are not the best...sorry!

Photo taken by Matt Lohry


BH Photo #223400

Street Views 


Warren through truss swing bridge over C-51 Canal on CR-880 (Canal Street)
Palm Beach County, Florida
Open to traffic
Built 1937
- State Road Dept
Warren through truss center-pivoting swing bridge with riveted connections.
Length of largest span: 184.1 ft.
Total length: 219.8 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.68541, -80.38909   (decimal degrees)
26°41'07" N, 80°23'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/560779/2951738 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Loxahatchee NW
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
FDOT 930940 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 46074 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 12, 2022: New photos from Mark Boettcher
  • January 19, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 1, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 15, 2012: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • October 13, 2011: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type: this is a Warren through truss swing bridge!
  • September 6, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



Twentymile Bend Bridge Memories
Posted April 10, 2020, by Anonymous

I have fond memories crossing this bridge as a kid. We would regularly travel from Broward County to Lake Wales, Florida. My mom would head west and pass through the bridge on our way around the lake, making our way to Hwy 27 North. I remember the rumble of the tires on the grate and watching the trusses pass overhead. I travel through the area often and would always wonder about the bridge. I stumbled upon this site. Thanks to this site I was able to locate it and go take pictures before it is replaced. Hopefully they do not replace it anytime soon. It's still in great shape and a piece of South Florida history.

20 Mile Bend Bridge
Posted October 19, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

If this bridge no longer operates, then I think itís time to replace this bridge with a non movable span.

20 Mile Bend Bridge
Posted October 13, 2011, by Matt Lohry

I have moved from Minnesota to Palm Beach County, Florida, and went to visit this bridge tonight. I was amazed to find out that this small through truss bridge is actually a swing bridge! Additionally, the gearing is intact, in great shape, and still appears to be used from time to time. The bridge is beautiful and in decent condition with little surface rust and no damaged members. I took pictures with my I-phone, but I have no computer and can't upload them just yet.