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Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

9th Avenue West Bridge

 
 
9th Avenue West Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2016
1. 9th Avenue West Bridge Marker
Inscription. At this location over Wares Creek once stood one of the oldest concrete arch deck bridges in the State of Florida. Designed by noted local civil engineer Freeman H. Horton, the former 9th Avenue West bridge was constructed during World War II by the Bradenton Public Works Department using federal funds. The bridge was a relatively late example of a concrete arch deck bridge, a structurally more complex design than girder or slab construction. The 36.4-foot long bridge linked the Ballard Park neighborhood abutting Wares Creek, and served a vital role in providing safe, convenient east-west travel within the city. In addition to being well-known for his bridge design, Horton also holds the distinction of being the first Manatee High School alumnus to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his design for the 9th Avenue West Bridge, Horton used an unusual zigzag handrail that is found on only one other Florida bridge, the 7th Avenue West Bridge over Wares Creek, which he also designed. When the 9th Avenue West Bridge was replaced in 2012, its distinctive original handrail was preserved and incorporated into the design of the new bridge.
 
Erected 2012 by The City of Bradenton and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-751.)
 
Location.
9th Avenue West Bridge Marker looking west image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2016
2. 9th Avenue West Bridge Marker looking west
27° 29.509′ N, 82° 34.882′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is on 9th Avenue West just east of Virginia Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bradenton FL 34205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Carnegie Library (approx. half a mile away); Courthouse Square (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bealls Centennial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Florida Highway Patrol School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Former Town of Fogartyville/Former Town of Wilhelmsenburg (approx. 0.7 miles away); Camp Weatherford (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bradenton Depot (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bradenton.
 
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9th Avenue West Bridge looking east image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2016
3. 9th Avenue West Bridge looking east
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 141 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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