St. George Island Bridge

Coordinates: 29°41′02″N 84°52′50″W / 29.683751°N 84.880468°W / 29.683751; -84.880468
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St. George Island Bridge
Coordinates29°41′02″N 84°52′50″W / 29.683751°N 84.880468°W / 29.683751; -84.880468
Carries SR 300
LocaleApalachicola to St. George Island, Franklin County, Florida
Official nameBryant Patton Memorial Bridge
Maintained byFlorida Department of Transportation
Total length21,542 feet (6,566 m)
Clearance below65 feet (20 m)[1]
OpenedFebruary 27, 2004

The 4-mile (6.4–km) St. George Island Bridge (officially named the Bryant Patton Memorial Bridge and designated State Road 300 from end to end, plus approaches) was built in 2002 (completed in 2004) when the two original bridges (cut by an island in the middle) that led to St. George Island, a small resort community 10 miles (16 km) from Apalachicola, Florida, were deemed unsafe due to their old age. The original bridges opened in 1965; prior to that, visitors used a ferry to get to the island. The new bridge, by bypassing the middle island, became the 3rd-longest bridge in Florida. The north end of SR 300 is at US 98 (SR 30) in Eastpoint. It was opened on February 27, 2004.[2]

SR G1A, the former designation for the bridge.

Initially, the bridge was designated State Road G1A by the Florida Department of Transportation while Gulf Beach Drive on the island east of the bridge was given the SR 300 designation. Later, the bridge and Gulf Beach Drive were both SR 300. More recently, Gulf Beach Drive lost its State Road designation, leaving only the St. George Island Bridge with the SR 300 designation. The eastern half of Gulf Beach Drive is now County Road 300.

"State Road G1A" was an analogue on the Gulf of Mexico to SR A1A on the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of two x00 routes to not follow the numbering system - the other is SR 800, a short connection over the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton. All other x00 routes are major cross-state diagonals.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Franklin County.

St. George Island0.0000.000
CR 300 east (Gulf Beach Drive) – St. George Island State Park
St. George Island Bridge over St. George Sound (Gulf Intracoastal Waterway)
Eastpoint5.5798.979 US 98 (SR 30)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bryant Grady Patton Bridge". Garmin Active Captain. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  2. ^ Photo Gallery - St. George Island Bridge/030104 Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ FDOT straight line diagrams, accessed March 2014
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