Abandoned Bridge of Highway 1, Florida Keys

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That it was. I lived in the Keys for 18 years (now in college) and this particular bridge is at is Bahia Honda. It’s sad it’s fallen into such disrepair really because it’s quite the sight from a side view. And the bridge here wasn’t ruined *per say* from the hurricane itself. Sure the railroad part of it was ruined yes, but when it was ruined cars were getting to be more popular than rail lines. So instead of replacing the rail lines they just paved over it. This particular bridge was a trestle bridge and the roadway was put on top, making for a really high up ride. All traffic in and out of the Keys for on about 50 years went on top. Of course the bridge was narrow too. My dad drove on this one going to work every morning for TCI and drove a bucket truck over this bridge. He recalled one time that another large truck was hugging the center line because it was so narrow. The mirrors collided in the center and smashed everywhere but there was no time to stop. You just had to keep on going.

Anyways this bridge now has (obviously) been phased out by something much safer. And this particular bridge now has fallen into such disrepair that chunks of concrete that once used to be the roadway are falling into the water, followed by chunks of metal that used to be the rail bridge. The part where this picture was taken is preserved for heritage but the rest will probably get destroyed in a Category 3+ Hurricane if anything major hits it.

Edit: I forgot to put more into detail the hurricane bit in the second paragraph. A category 3+ would knock down the trestle bit if anything hit it. The pillars supporting the bridge which are made of solid concrete (a special concrete mix which has since been lost but deterred saltwater rust) will be there for quite some time and will far outlast the bridge.

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