FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge

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FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge
FEC Drawbridge.jpg
Florida East Coast Railway bascule bridge in Jacksonville, Florida
Coordinates30°19′21″N 81°39′56″W / 30.32250°N 81.66556°W / 30.32250; -81.66556Coordinates: 30°19′21″N 81°39′56″W / 30.32250°N 81.66556°W / 30.32250; -81.66556
Carries2 tracks of the Florida East Coast Railway
CrossesSt. Johns River
LocaleJacksonville, Florida
Maintained byFlorida East Coast Railway
Characteristics
DesignSimple truss bridge with bascule lift span, plate girder approaches
History
DesignerJoseph Strauss
Opened1925
Location

The FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge is a double track railroad bridge spanning the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.

Completed in 1925 by the Florida East Coast Railway, this structure replaced a single-track swing bridge which opened on January 5, 1890. The current structure is a simple truss bridge with plate girder approaches and a bascule lift allowing ships to pass. It is adjacent to the Acosta Bridge.

A 1992 map of the FEC bridge (adjacent to the Acosta Bridge)

References and external links[edit]

  • Mallery, Paul (2000). Bridge and Trestle Handbook (4th ed.). Newton, New Jersey, U.S.: Carstens Publications. ISBN 978-0-9118-6899-9.
  • Photos and information on the bridge