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US: Old Florida Keys bridge reopens to pedestrians, bicyclists

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MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A segment of a 110-year-old Florida Keys bridge is reopening to pedestrians and bicyclists on Wednesday following a $44 million restoration project.

This Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, drone aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau shows the Old Seven Mile Bridge ready for its Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, reopening to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key (island shown in photo). The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge, behind, that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) © Provided by Associated Press This Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, drone aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau shows the Old Seven Mile Bridge ready for its Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, reopening to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key (island shown in photo). The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge, behind, that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Rehabilitation construction on the oft-photographed 2.2-mile (3.5-km) span of the Old Seven Mile Bridge began in late 2017.

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After a devastating pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University on 15 March 2018, the National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation in order to determine exactly what went wrong and who was ultimately responsible for the disaster. Some corners of the Internet Florida has been having its bad stroke of luck as of late. First the horrible tragedy in Parkland, and now this; Florida International University’s “instant bridge ,” spontaneously collapsing earlier on Thursday. The two companies responsible for the poorly constructed bridge were MCM and Figg, both have a

“What made the project challenging was that it is a historic bridge, and we had to restore the bridge to the same aesthetic fabric as the original,” said project manager Tony Sabbag, a Florida Department of Transportation contractor.

In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, drone aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, boats pass underneath the new, left, and old, right, Seven Mile bridges in the Florida Keys. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on the new Seven Mile Bridge that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, drone aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, boats pass underneath the new, left, and old, right, Seven Mile bridges in the Florida Keys. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on the new Seven Mile Bridge that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Nicknamed “Old Seven,” the bridge was completed in 1912 as part of Henry Flagler’s Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that connected the Keys with each other and mainland Florida. The span is the gateway to historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island beneath it that once housed 400 railroad construction workers.

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New York City’s oldest standing bridge designed for pedestrians and bicyclists is reopening for the first time in 45 years. The High Bridge was built in the mid-1800s. It spans the Harlem River, connecting Manhattan’s Washington Heights and the Bronx’s Highbridge neighborhoods. Constructed as part of the Croton Aqueduct system, it became a popular promenade that attracted hotels, restaurants and amusement parks to the area. By the mid-1960s that all began to wane with construction of the Major Deegan Expressway and the Harlem River Drive. The bridge was closed in the 1970s.

Cyclists, pedestrians returned to 134-year- old bridge for first time in 11 months. Hammersmith Bridge was closed in 2019 after cracks were found in its pedestals. An August 2020 heatwave saw the iron crossing deteriorate further and almost a year's worth of repairs have been made since that date. But cyclists young and old were celebrating this sunny Saturday morning, with several making crossings back and forth several times. Cyclists and pedestrians have begun using west London's Hammersmith Bridge (pictured) again after safety checks allowed it to partially reopen this weekend.

This Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau shows the restored Old Seven Mile Bridge ready for its Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, reopening to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP): Old Keys Bridge © Provided by Associated Press Old Keys Bridge

In 1938, the railroad bridge was converted to carry automobiles. In 1982, the new Seven Mile Bridge, actually 6.79 miles (10.9 kilometers) long, debuted alongside the historic one, whose steel swing span that facilitated marine traffic between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico was removed.


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The retired “Old Seven” became a popular recreation area and appeared in several films including “True Lies,” a 1994 action-comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Kelly McKinnon, executive director of the Pigeon Key Foundation, drives a cart on the Old Seven Mile Bridge. The historic bridge has undergone a 4.25-year, $44 million restoration effort and is to reopen Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge, left, that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Kelly McKinnon, executive director of the Pigeon Key Foundation, drives a cart on the Old Seven Mile Bridge. The historic bridge has undergone a 4.25-year, $44 million restoration effort and is to reopen Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge, left, that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Wednesday’s late morning ribbon-cutting ceremony will be the crowning moment of a 30-year, $77 million agreement inked in 2013 between Monroe County, the City of Marathon and the Florida Department of Transportation. That agreement funded restoration and maintenance to preserve the iconic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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A pedestrian bridge , also known as a footbridge, provides a safe mode of passage for cyclists and walkers, and often enriches the area. A successful design must be a safe mode of transit for pedestrians that doesn't interfere with other traffic on roads or waterways. Pedestrians are able to ride on the swing bridge as it opens to accommodate river traffic. Designed by the architecture firm McDowell+Benedetti, the black steel structure features an installation by artist Nayan Kulkarni, which also serves as an alert when the bridge is in motion.

In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Celeste Trzcinski, a tour guide at Pigeon Key, shows visitors a portion of a museum that chronicles the building of the Old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. The historic bridge to Pigeon Key has undergone a 4.25-year, $44 million restoration effort and is to reopen Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Celeste Trzcinski, a tour guide at Pigeon Key, shows visitors a portion of a museum that chronicles the building of the Old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. The historic bridge to Pigeon Key has undergone a 4.25-year, $44 million restoration effort and is to reopen Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, to pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and visitors to Pigeon Key. The old bridge originally was part of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad that was completed in 1912. The railroad ceased operations in 1935 and was converted into a highway that opened in 1938. In 1982, construction was completed on a new Seven Mile Bridge that continues to carry motor vehicles between the South Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

“The Old Seven Mile Bridge is important to the Keys, the history of the Keys and a viaduct to get to Pigeon Key,” said Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi.

Restoration included structural steel and bridge joint system repairs, new decking, pedestrian and bicycle handrails and other enhancements.

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