Acosta Bridge

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Acosta Bridge
Acosta Bridge (39527390202).jpg
Coordinates30°19′17″N 81°39′50″W / 30.32139°N 81.66389°W / 30.32139; -81.66389Coordinates: 30°19′17″N 81°39′50″W / 30.32139°N 81.66389°W / 30.32139; -81.66389
Carries6 lanes of SR 13
2 monorail tracks
2 sidewalks
CrossesSt. Johns River
LocaleJacksonville, Florida
Official nameSt. Elmo W. Acosta Bridge
Maintained byFlorida Department of Transportation
ID number720570 southbound
720571 northbound
Characteristics
DesignContinuous prestressed concrete segmental box girder bridge
Total length1,645 feet (501 m)[1]
Width151.3 feet (46.1 m)[1]
Longest span630 feet (190 m)
Clearance below81 feet (25 m)[1]
History
Construction start1990[1]
OpenedAugust 1994; 26 years ago (1994-08)[1]
Acosta Bridge (old)
Acosta Bridge (1987).jpg
The center span of the old Acosta Bridge in 1987 with the FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge immediately behind and the old Fuller Warren Bridge in the distance.
Carries3 lanes of SR 13
CrossesSt. Johns River
LocaleJacksonville, Florida
Official nameSt. Elmo W. Acosta Bridge
Other name(s)The Yellow Monster
Maintained byFlorida Department of Transportation
Characteristics
DesignSteel vertical-lift bridge
Total length1,645 feet (501 m)
Width75 feet (23 m)
History
Opened1921 (1921)
Closed1991 (1991)
A 1992 map of the Acosta Bridge (the middle one), before its replacement.

The St. Elmo W. Acosta Bridge spans the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida on a fixed span. It is named for City Councilman St. Elmo W. Acosta, who convinced voters to approve a $950,000 bond issue for the original bridge at the site. It carries a total of six lanes of SR 13 with the two-track Jacksonville Skyway in the median and sidewalks on the outside.

Prior to its replacement in 1991, the bridge, originally called St. Johns River Bridge, opened in 1921 and carried three lanes (center one reversible) on a lift bridge of similar design to the nearby Main Street Bridge but was known as the Yellow Monster, largely for its tendency to stick in the upward position. Tolls were charged until 1940, earning more than $4 million for the City of Jacksonville. At some time in 1991, the original bridge was closed to allow construction of the new one to proceed.

St Johns River Bridge Opened 21 July 1921. Miss Jacksonville, Theodosia Acosta shakes hands with Miss South Jacksonville Elizabeth White.

The Acosta Bridge was also notable due to its blue neon lights that illuminated the bridge at night. In February 2015 the Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced that the neon lights would "be off indefinitely with no return date on the books" citing a lack of funding for repairs.[2] However, in 2019 the JTA began a $2.6 million project to replace the inoperable neon lights with LED lights. Installation is expected to be completed by summer 2020 and unlike the neon lights, the new LEDs will be able to display any color, not just blue.


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