John Gorrie Memorial Bridge

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John Gorrie Memorial Bridge
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Apalachicola Bay, with the John Gorrie Bridge in the background.
Coordinates 29°43′48″N 84°56′22″W / 29.73008°N 84.939423°W / 29.73008; -84.939423Coordinates: 29°43′48″N 84°56′22″W / 29.73008°N 84.939423°W / 29.73008; -84.939423
Carries US 98 / US 319 / SR 30
Crosses Apalachicola Bay
Locale Apalachicola, Florida
Named for John Gorrie
Opened November 11, 1935
Rebuilt 1988
John Gorrie Memorial Bridge

Coordinates: 29°43′48″N 84°56′22″W / 29.73008°N 84.939423°W / 29.73008; -84.939423

The John Gorrie Bridge carries US 98 and US 319 over the Apalachicola Bay. It connects Apalachicola, Florida with Eastpoint, Florida.[1] The original John Gorrie Bridge was built in 1935, replacing a ferry service between the two towns. It included a rotating section to allow passage of ships with high masts. The current bridge was built in 1988.


The Gorrie Bridge Opening Celebration was held on Armistice Day, November 11, 1935. Florida Governor David Sholtz cut the ribbon to officially open what was referred to as the Florida West Coast Scenic Highway.[2]


  1. ^ Waitley, Douglas (2003). Best Backroads of Florida. Pineapple Press. pp. 227–232. ISBN 978-1-56164-283-0. 
  2. ^ Crestview, Florida, "Northwest Florida's New Highway", Okaloosa News-Journal, Friday 1 November 1935, Volume 21, Number 49, page 2.

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