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Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine

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#18 of 26 in Historic Sites in St. Augustine
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Bridge
The Bridge of Lions is a double-leaf bascule bridge that spans the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida, United States. A part of State Road A1A, it connects downtown St. Augustine to Anastasia Island across Matanzas Bay. A pair of copies of the marble Medici lions guard the bridge, begun in 1925 and completed in 1927. They were removed in February 2005 and returned in March 2011.

Roads & Bridges magazine named the Bridge of Lions as fourth in the nation's top 10 bridges for 2010. Projects were evaluated based on size, community impact and challenges resolved.
The United States Department of Transportation declared the bridge "structurally deficient and functionally obsolete" in 1999, prompting heated debates on what to do with the structure. A restoration plan was approved, but opponents continued to voice their opposition. Reynolds, Smith & Hills from nearby Jacksonville was awarded the engineering and design contract, estimated at $77 million, and projected to require five years to complete.
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  • It is one mile walk back and forth. Beautiful view of the bay , marina and boats. The view is so nice.  more »
  • We strolled down the waterfront, admiring all the boats moored in the basin. Our walk took us to the Bridge of Lions which we examined closely. It is wonderfully constructed and well lit. We...  more »
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  • Beautiful and picturesque. Unfortunately sustained damage boating underneath, there was an old steel barge they were doing some work on the bridge and it had a sharp protrusion sticking out which gouged the side of our hull and tore off a chunk of a railing. Not their fault, our captain should have put out fenders, but avoiding sharp ragged steel protrusions or minimally having out fenders passageway was narrowed would be courteous to all boats needing to pass under the bridge despite the work going on. Look forward to returning to St. Augustine in the future.
  • So beautiful having to greet lions when crossing the bridge! Being a resident of St Augustine and Retiring in Saint Augustine is like a dream every day...so beautiful. Thank you St Augustine

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