Last bridge standing
From the Sun Sentinel-
Boynton Beach· The last wooden bridge in Palm Beach County will soon be gone.
At a length of about four Ford Explorers, spanning 61 feet across the E-4 canal, the nondescript Old Boynton Road Bridge is tucked amid small neighborhoods with nautical names such as Venetian Isle, Treasure Island and Sky Lake. Gas, water and sewer pipes run alongside the bridge, and its loose bolts rattle as cars roll over its rumbling wood decking.
Daniel Smith, who grew up in Boynton Beach and has lived near the bridge for the past 13 years, reminisces about the days when the neighborhood, just east of the bustling Congress Avenue retail strip, was considered "West Boynton." During his preteen years, Smith and his friends would ride bikes to the bridge and gather to fish for bass and brim.
Now, its timbers will be replaced by concrete.
A new, wider bridge will take the place of the wood one. It will make way for the additional traffic anticipated when the Boynton Town Center shops, anchored by Best Buy and Super Target, open on Congress Avenue. Sembler, the center's Atlanta-based developer, is responsible for the road-widening and bridge replacement.
I doubt all that many people even took note of this bridge. It's less than five miles from my hole, and I've crossed it a few times myself but didn't anything of it. Wooden bridges are the equivalent in dinosaurs in age of modern transportation.
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