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Ortega River Bridge

Ortega River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 15, 2014

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Location
Jacksonville: Duval County, Florida: United States
Structure Type
Metal Variable Depth Deck Girder, Movable: Double Leaf Bascule (Rolling Lift) and Approach Spans: Concrete Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: American Bascule Bridge Company of Pensacola, Florida and A. Bentley and Sons of Toledo, Ohio and Engineer/Design: T. B. Carrick
Rehabilitation Date
1996
Main Span Length
78.0 Feet (23.8 Meters)
Structure Length
1,143.0 Feet (348.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
28 Feet (8.53 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 26 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
720005

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This is a very small bascule span that is in some ways dwarfed by the bridge's very long approach system. This bridge has very little elevation which means this bridge has to be raised for smaller craft than bascule bridges that are positioned higher off the water. The bridge was designed with aesthetics in mind. The four bridge tender houses on this bridge are two more than would generally be needed to operate a bascule bridge in the 1920s (today only one house needs to be staffed). The presence of four houses was likely more of an aesthetic decision rather than a necessity. The approach spans have unusual ornamental concrete railings that are the distinctive design of T. B. Carrick, a local engineer of note. Other bridges designed by T. B. Carrick had this same railing design. The bascule span has its own unusual steel railing. The bascule railing appears to not be original as the use of bolts and welds instead of rivets suggest, but it may be a general replication of the original design.

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