This bridge includes a variable depth riveted deck plate girder swing span that no longer operates for boats. The movable span is dwarfed by the extremely long series of approach spans on either side of the swing span.
Many of Florida's historic movable bridges have been replaced over the years with new fixed bridges on different alignment. Typically, the historic bridges are demolished after the replacement bridge is complete, although sometimes a few fixed approach spans might be left in place as a fishing pier. This riveted deck plate girder swing bridge is a rare example of a movable bridge in Florida that was replaced by a new bridge, but not demolished. The entire bridge was turned into a fishing pier and walkway for non-motorized traffic. While this bridge is not the oldest or rarest of Florida's historic bridges, it is still very nice to see it left standing, where it can be both a historic structure and a function piece of infrastructure for non-motorized traffic.
Presumably one of the reasons why this bridge was left standing next to its replacement is because the waterway no longer is required to accommodate tall boats, meaning that the historic bridge swing span could be left in place without a requirement to operate for boats. The current highway bridge is fixed, yet not much higher, indicating this fact.
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