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Canaveral Barge Canal
Merritt Island FL barge canal01.jpg
Barge canal, looking towards the Christa McAuliffe Bridge
Locks 1
Maximum height above sea level 3.3 ft (1.0 m)
Status Open
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.

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Bridge Route Location Coordinates
Christa McAuliffe Bridge (bascule-type drawbridge) Florida 3.svg SR 3 / Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island 28°24′26″N 80°42′24″W / 28.40722°N 80.70667°W / 28.40722; -80.70667
Barge Canal Bridge (bascule-type drawbridge) Florida 401.svg SR 401 Merritt Island 28°24′32″N 80°37′55″W / 28.40889°N 80.63194°W / 28.40889; -80.63194
Port Canaveral Barge Canal Bridge with bascule spans raised - from southwest
The Barge Canal Bridge is actually three adjacent bridges, each of which includes a bascule draw span.

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