Can’t Walk the Bridge? Walk Crane Point!

With the Old Seven-Mile bridge out of commission where are you going to take your morning/evening walk? Where can you take fido and watch the sunset over the ocean?
Why Crane Point, of course.

The Old Seven-Mile bridge is closed for repairs until July 2021. That’s right, 2021! While we are waiting patiently for FDOT to complete the restoration head over to Crane Point to get your exercise.

Crane Point is accommodating displaced walkers with special Walking Memberships and extended walkers hours. Now you can enjoy the beauty of Crane Point from 7am to 7pm Monday thru Friday. Drop by the Museum or drop us a line for more information:

305-743-9100
cranepointmuseum@gmail.com

 

 

Located at the very west end of the City of Marathon is the Seven Mile Bridge. It is arguable the most famous bridge of all of the bridges in the fabulous Florida Keys. It connects the City of Marathon in the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys and is among the longest bridges in existence at the time when it was built. Of the many bridges that connect the FL Keys, the Seven mile bridge is the longest.

The Old Seven Mile Bridge was originally constructed in the early 1900’s. In the early 1980’s a new bridge was constructed and the old bridge was no longer used for traffic.
Instead, it has become a tourist attraction and many locals and visitors alike use the 2 mile span for exercise or just to watch the sunset.

 

Facing west as the sunsets behind the Old Seven-Mile bridge

 

In the last 100+ years the bridge has fallen into disrepair. The railings are rusted, the concrete is cracked, and pieces are falling into the ocean. The Florida Department of Transportation is in the process of rehabilitating it but it’s going to take some time. They are performing abrasive blasting, steel repair, restoration of cracked concrete, and rehabilitation of bridge deck expansion joints. This is a $33 million + project that started in September 2017 and is scheduled to continue unit July 2021. Follow this link for up to day information: http://www.fdotmiamidade.com/current-projects/monroe-county/sr-5old-seven-mile-bridge-from-knights-key-mm-39.8-to-pigeon-key-mm-46.6/