Alva Bridge

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Alva Bridge
Alva Bridge.jpg
The Alva Bridge as seen from the north river bank
Coordinates 26°42′48″N 81°36′36″W / 26.7134°N 81.6100°W / 26.7134; -81.6100Coordinates: 26°42′48″N 81°36′36″W / 26.7134°N 81.6100°W / 26.7134; -81.6100
Carries Broadway
Crosses Caloosahatchee River
Locale Alva, Florida
Characteristics
Design Concrete and Steel Bascule Bridge
Clearance below 21 feet (6.4 m) (with drawbridge lowered)
History
Opened
  • 1903 (original bridge)
  • 1925 (second bridge)
  • 1969 (current bridge)
Statistics
Toll None

The Alva Bridge is a small two-lane drawbridge located in Alva, Florida. The bridge is 21 feet tall and it is one of five drawbridges in Lee County. The bridge carries Broadway over the Caloosahatchee River.

The first bridge at this site was a small swing bridge constructed in 1903, and it was the closest bridge to Fort Myers up until 1924. In 1925, the original bridge was replaced with a new swing bridge. The old swing bridge was then dismantled and taken to Matlacha, Florida, where it operated as the Matlacha Bridge for a year before being destroyed by a hurricane. The new swing bridge operated until 1966, when it was destroyed by a barge transporting rocket parts to the Kennedy Space Center. The second swing bridge then had to be replaced by the current drawbridge, a bascule-type bridge which opened in 1969, after three years of construction.[1]

The southern side of the Alva Bridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee County's Moveable Bridges: The Drawbridge at Alva". Tropicalia (from The News-Press). 2007-09-09.