7. Fuller Warren Bridge
This span carries 8 lanes of I-95 traffic and was fully opened in 2002. A former Florida governor, Fuller Warren, is the bridge’s namesake. This bridge provides the shade every Saturday for the Riverside Arts Market (RAM). A local driving tidbit: when the Downtown exit (Main Street Bridge and Acosta Bridge) is backed up and you are going to the Northbank, take the Fuller Warren Bridge to the Park Street exit and do the short drive to Downtown.
8. Ortega River Bridge
This is the only bridge on our list that spans over a different river than the St. Johns River. The Ortega River is a tributary of the St. Johns. The bridge was built in 1927 and is also a drawbridge giving right of way to the local marinas and the yacht clubs. The bridge adds to the ambiance of the Ortega neighborhood area which is one of the more affluent areas of Jacksonville with many historic homes and buildings. This is the shortest bridge on our list at 1,143 feet.
9. The Buckman Bridge
The bridge is named after Henry Holland Buckman (1858-1914) who was influential in establishing a state road system in Florida. The bridge was opened in 1970 and is the longest on our list at a length of just over 3 miles. You can barely see the bridge in the distance past the Naval Air Station from the Bank of America tower room. Consider this a partial list in our “City of Bridges”. Some cities may have more bridges than Jacksonville, however, our bridges define our River City culture.
Which bridges are pedestrian-friendly?
Jacksonville's many bridges offer picturesque views of the city. For the thrill-seekers, there are some bridges that allow pedestrians to make a safe journey across:
- Main Street Bridge
- St. Elmo W. Acosta Bridge
- Fuller Warren Bridge (Pending Construction Completion)
- Ortega River Bridge