Broadway Bridge (Daytona Beach)

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Broadway Bridge
New daytona Broadway Bridge.jpg
The bridge after 2015 repaint.
Coordinates29°12′57″N 81°0′56″W / 29.21583°N 81.01556°W / 29.21583; -81.01556Coordinates: 29°12′57″N 81°0′56″W / 29.21583°N 81.01556°W / 29.21583; -81.01556
Carries4 lanes of US 92
VOTRAN bus routes
pedestrians, and bicycles
CrossesHalifax River,
Intracoastal Waterway
LocaleDaytona Beach, Florida
Official nameBroadway Bridge
Maintained byFlorida Dept. of Transportation
ID number790187, 790188[1]
DesignSegmental Box Girder
MaterialPrestressed concrete
Total length917 meters (3,008 feet)
Clearance below19.9 meters (65 feet)
DesignerFigg Engineering Group
Construction end1912 (First bridge)
1947 (Second bridge)
2001 (Third bridge)

The Broadway Bridge is a segmental bridge that spans the Halifax River and Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Daytona Beach, Florida, carrying U.S. Route 92.

The Broadway Bridge reaches a height of 65 feet (19.9 m) and is 3,008 feet (917 m) in length. The bridge is more famous for its flair than its purpose. Mosaics of manatees, dolphins and other wildlife native to Florida give the bridge some tourist appeal.

The bridge was dedicated on July 20, 2001.


First bridge[edit]

Plans for the original Broadway Bridge were approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 4, 1912. Michael Sholtz (father of future Governor David Sholtz), President of Central of Florida Railway Company, petitioned the Corps for the new bridge which he planned to use for his company's electric streetcar system, that would connect the cities of Daytona, Daytona Beach, and Seabreeze (separate cities at the time, before consolidating in 1926) across the Halifax River.[2][3]

The bridge was simply referred to as the concrete bridge for many years, until it started to be called the Broadway Bridge. It likely picked up the name because it connected to Broadway Avenue (now named International Speedway Blvd.) on the beach side.[4]

Streetcars of the Central Florida Railway Co. in 1913, with the bridge in the background

Second bridge[edit]

By 1947, the Broadway Bridge was carrying traffic for a spur of State Road A1A and State Road 600. The State Road Department determined a new four-lane drawbridge was needed to replace the old structure. Tidewater Construction Corporation of Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded the contract to construct the bridge, and started work on February 6, 1947. The overall length was 1777 feet with a channel span of 104 feet, allowing 90-foot clearance with the double-leaf bascule (drawbridge) open.[5]

The second Broadway Bridge over the Halifax River was officially opened on November 8, 1948, and dedicated in honor of Robert T. Carleton, Road Department member of the Fifth District, and Elmer Blank, Volusia County Commissioner. Although the name "Carleton-Blank Bridge" appeared on state maps, the local community continued to refer to the structure as the Broadway Bridge.[5][6][7]

A view of the Carleton-Blank Bridge from 1954, looking eastward.
Aerial view of second Broadway Bridge in 1999

Third Bridge[edit]

Broadway Bridge in 2004, looking north.

The State Road Department reported that the 1948 lift bridge occurred several problems, and it could be better to build a bigger bridge for sail boats to go under better. Construction on the new bridge started on March 4, 2000. On October 21, a crane fell from the bridges.

The new bridge opened on July 20, 2001, replacing the 1948 bridge.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Florida Dept. of Transportation, Florida Bridge Information Archived 2012-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Report of the Chief of Engineers U.S. Army By United States Army. Corps of Engineers (1912) Pg. 1307
  3. ^ McGraw Transit Directory (1918) Pg. 24
  4. ^ Ianthe Bond Hebel, Centennial History of Volusia County, Florida, 1854-1954 (Daytona Beach, 1955), Pg. 10
  5. ^ a b Florida Highways, By Florida State Road Dept, Florida Highway Patrol, Published by J.E.Robinson, 1948
  6. ^ Annual Report of the Attorney General of the State of Florida - Page 144, by Florida Attorney General - Attorneys General's opinions - 1948
  7. ^ Fifth International Bridge Engineering Conference: Tampa, Florida April 3–5 - Pg. 31 by National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board - Bridges - 2000

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