|December 2012 (26.3506 Degrees, -80.0756 Degrees) Palmetto Park Road Bridge|
The Palmetto Park Road Bridge replaced a smaller movable bridge that was always being opened and closed until it wore out. The Coast Guard wanted it replaced with a movable bridge with at least 20 ft of vertical clearance but the County didn't want to build such a long, tall structure. The current bridge (completed in 1987) is 516 ft long with 13.8 ft of vertical clearance. It carries four traffic lanes with sidewalks and is 72.5 ft wide. Average daily traffic is over 15,000 vehicles, the bridge was designed for HS20 trucks, and it's in good shape. The operator's house has a airport control tower-like appearance, which is a good idea. The movable spans are twin leaf bascule members supporting an open grating deck.
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