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Sky Bridge, Matanzas Pass Bridge, Fort Myers Beach, Florida

The view of the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the bridge
The current Matanzas Pass Bridge opened in 1980, and is 65 feet (20 m) tall, making it the second-tallest bridge in Lee County. The tallest bridge in the county is the first bridge of the Sanibel Causeway, which is 70 feet (21 m) tall. The bridge was built this tall to accommodate the area's large shrimping vessels. The current bridge has two traffic lanes, one for northbound traffic and one for southbound traffic. There is also a pedestrian lane, which is separated from the rest of the bridge by a concrete barrier. The bridge's current blue color was added in 2011, making it resemble the Jewfish Creek Bridge in Key Largo.
The current bridge was built to replace a small swing bridge that was installed in 1927. The original Matanzas Pass Bridge was brought in from a location on the east coast of Florida, which was necessary because the island's original toll bridge, which was built in 1921 and ran from the northern tip of the island near Bowditch Point to Bunche Beach on the mainland, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1926.[1] (The route leading up to this bridge on the mainland still exists today, and is known as John Morris Road.)
The original Matanzas Pass Bridge's swing span had to be opened manually by the bridge tender up until 1950, when an electric motor was installed to open the span, since the span needed to be opened frequently for vessels in the area's large shrimping industry. Even with the motor, the bridge was becoming old and unreliable, and island residents feared that the bridge would fail and strand them in the event of a hurricane evacuation. This was the justification for the Bonita Beach Causeway (built in 1964), and later, the current bridge (in 1980).
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