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The Florida Keys Bridge has been turned into a hiking and biking trail

Those familiar with the Florida Keys have probably heard of the Old Seven Mile Bridge. For those who didn’t, however, it was part of a project led by Henry Flagler, who created the Florida Keys Overseas Railroad. The bridge made its debut in 1912 and was the main gateway to the Florida Keys until 1982 when a new Seven Mile Bridge opened next to the old one for safety reasons. The old Seven Mile Bridge was removed long ago, but part of it is now taking on new life as a hiking and biking trail.

The Old Seven Mile Bridge is popular with regular visitors to the Florida Keys and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, it was closed to pedestrians in 2017 due to safety concerns. It recently underwent a $44 million renovation, according to a press release from the Pigeon Key Foundation, part of a 30-year agreement between Monroe County, Marathon, and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Construction ended ahead of schedule and a groundbreaking ceremony was held this week. Now a once-closed 2.2-mile section of the bridge is open again and ready for pedestrians to walk, run, bike or rollerblade over the ocean without worrying about cars or other hazards. .

“I am thrilled that our county and other entities have made a concerted effort to restore a treasured landmark,” said Richard Russell, chairman of the board of the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation. “There is a rich and diverse history associated with the Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key. The Florida Keys History & Discovery Center is proud to endorse and support similar efforts to collect, preserve, and promote Keys history.”