We are happy to announce that the Florida Department of Transportation has opened the new State Road (S.R.) 44 Bridge. Traffic has been shifted from the previous Francis P. Whitehair bascule bridge (drawbridge) to the newly constructed fixed span structure. Access to Ed Stone Park, St. Johns Marina, Shady Oaks Restaurant, Captain Jed’s Airboat Rides, and other properties along Old New York Avenue have been modified to accommodate the realignment of the road to the new bridge.
Removal of the bascule bridge will begin within the next few weeks.