Sunday, December 14, 2014

Imagine Crossing The Bahia Honda Bridge Driving to Key West

     The Bahia Honda Bridge is an abandoned and rapidly deteriorating  railroad bridge at Bahia Honda State Park in the  Florida Keys.  The derelict  bridge connecting Bahia Honda Key with Spanish Harbor Key.   It was originally part of the Overseas Railway that the state of Florida purchased from the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) after the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane.  It was converted for automobile use as part of the construction of the Overseas Highway in 1938.   The bridge was part of the Overseas Highway until its replacement Bahia Honda Bridge was opened in 1972.   Two spans of the bridge were removed to accommodate boat traffic later and form the water entrance to the Bahia Honda Marina.  I hear people being scared of crossing the now existing bridges, but can you imagine crossing this one?  ;o)
Road Deck of the Bahia Honda Bridge today, note the painted centerlines still there.