9th Avenue West Bridge Historical

9th Avenue West Bridge Historical (HM1WJ7)

Location: Bradenton, FL 34205 Manatee County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 29.509', W 82° 34.882'

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At this location over Wares Creek once stood one of the oldest concrete arch deck bridges in the State of Florida. Designed by noted local civil engineer Freeman H. Horton, the former 9th Avenue West bridge was constructed during World War II by the Bradenton Public Works Department using federal funds. The bridge was a relatively late example of a concrete arch deck bridge, a structurally more complex design than girder or slab construction. The 36.4-foot long bridge linked the Ballard Park neighborhood abutting Wares Creek, and served a vital role in providing safe, convenient east-west travel within the city. In addition to being well-known for his bridge design, Horton also holds the distinction of being the first Manatee High School alumnus to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his design for the 9th Avenue West Bridge, Horton used an unusual zigzag handrail that is found on only one other Florida bridge, the 7th Avenue West Bridge over Wares Creek, which he also designed. When the 9th Avenue West Bridge was replaced in 2012, its distinctive original handrail was preserved and incorporated into the design of the new bridge.
HM NumberHM1WJ7
Year Placed2012
Placed ByThe City of Bradenton and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 343781 N 3041905
Decimal Degrees27.49181667, -82.58136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 29.509', W 82° 34.882'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 29' 30.54" N, 82° 34' 52.92" W
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Area Code(s)941
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2001-2143 9th Ave W, Bradenton FL 34205, US
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