Shands Bridge

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Shands Bridge
Westbound Shands Bridge.jpg
Westbound on the Shands Bridge
Official name Alvin G. Shands Bridge
Carries 2 general purpose lanes (SR 16))
Crosses St. Johns River
Locale Green Cove Springs, Florida
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation
ID number 780056
Design steel stringer/multi-beam or girder bridge
Total length 2030.6 meters (6662 feet)
Width 10.4 meters (34 feet)
Longest span 39.6 meters (130 feet)
Vertical clearance 13.7 meters (45 feet)(vertical) x 27.7 meters (91 feet)(horizontal)
Opened 1963
Coordinates 29°59′00″N 81°37′00″W / 29.9833°N 81.6167°W / 29.9833; -81.6167Coordinates: 29°59′00″N 81°37′00″W / 29.9833°N 81.6167°W / 29.9833; -81.6167

The Shands Bridge is a highway bridge over the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida. The span was first opened in 1929. It was located just north of the current span, crossing from Orangedale to the present Shands pier on the west side of the river.

The current bridge was dedicated on October 30, 1963, and features a beam-type construction for a total of two lanes. The bridge is part of SR 16 and until the building of the I-295 Buckman Bridge was the only crossing of the St. Johns River between Jacksonville and Palatka.

In 2004, proposals were made to replace or upgrade the span. Problems cited include increasing traffic in the Clay County and St. Johns County areas, safety, and the inability of large boats to travel upriver. One plan would put a new bridge north of the existing one, connecting to extensions of SR 9B and SR 23. In the fall of 2005, the railings of the bridge were upgraded to solid concrete barriers in an effort to reduce over-bridge fatalities.

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