Canaveral Barge Canal facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCanaveral Barge Canal
Barge canal, looking towards the Christa McAuliffe Bridge
|Maximum height above sea level||3.3 ft (1.0 m)|
|Navigation authority||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
|Date of first use||January 1, 1965|
The Canaveral Barge Canal provides an east-to-west link between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon across northern Merritt Island, Florida, in two segments separated by the Banana River. It is located 15 miles south of Titusville, Florida. The canal is 12 feet deep and has entrances to other water systems including Sykes Creek and various marinas. The canal links Port Canaveral along the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway running down the center of the Indian River Lagoon. The canal was constructed to allow the transport of crude oil by barge to the two power plants south of Titusville, Florida.
List of crossings
|Christa McAuliffe Bridge (bascule-type drawbridge)||SR 3 / Courtenay Parkway||Merritt Island|
|Barge Canal Bridge (bascule-type drawbridge)||SR 401||Merritt Island|
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