Flashback Friday: Florida’s lone highway suspension bridge

By Ebyabe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ebyabe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

While Florida has lots of high bridges and a few cantilever and cable-stayed ones, the state only boasts one highway suspension bridge. The bridge believe it or not is over the Suwannee River near Luraville (in Lafayette County) and boasts a span that is much shorter than any of the cable-stayed or cantilever ones in the state. Then why was the Hal W. Adams built with a suspension span?

Built in 1947 the bridge is a rare short-span suspension bridge. The reason why the bridge design was chosen was that it was difficult with the rockbed of the river at this particular point to build a traditional road bridge similar to the ones the cross the Suwannee at just about every other point.

The Hal. W. Adams Bridge represents a visually pleasing and structurally significant design and is also in a part of the state folks rarely visit. Crossing the Suwannee it gives one of Florida’s mighty rivers a signature bridge.

Because of this the Hal W. Adams Bridge is a unique Florida landmark albeit one well of the beaten path in one of the most sparsely populated portions of the state.

One comment

  1. Jeremiah Tattersall · · Reply

    I use to jump off this bridge as a kid all the time. I was at a University of Florida oral history play called Gator Tales in which pictures of lynchings we’re put up from this area. To my shock there were a few people hanging from this bridge. I can’t seem to find any information on it.

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