The Bridges of Downtown Jacksonville

May 17, 2013 13 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Connecting the city for travel and commerce, they create an an urban environment that is unique in the Southeast. They are the six bridges of downtown Jacksonville.

1. Florida East Coast Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge

This double track railroad structure is the oldest remaining bridge crossing the mighty St. Johns.  It was originally constructed by oil magnate Henry M. Flagler, to provide better access to South Florida and served as the final chapter of Jacksonville's decline as a major tourist center. This 1925 bascule bridge replaced the original swing-span bridge that opened on January 5, 1890.

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