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Dames Point Bridge
Dames Point Bridge, Jacksonville FL Pano 2.jpg
Dames Point Bridge in 2010.
Coordinates 30°23′09″N 81°33′27″W / 30.3858°N 81.5574°W / 30.3858; -81.5574
Carries I-295
(six general purpose lanes)
Crosses St. Johns River
Locale Jacksonville, Florida
Official name Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge
Maintained by Florida Department of Transportation
ID number 720518
Design Continuous prestressed concrete cable-stayed bridge
Total length 10,646 feet (3244.9 m)
Width 106 feet (32.2 m)
Longest span 1,300 feet (396.2 m)
Clearance above 39.7 feet (12.11 m)
Clearance below 175 feet (53.34 m)
Construction begin 1985
Opened March 10, 1989; 33 years ago (1989-03-10)
Daily traffic 66,000 (2012)

The Dames Point Bridge (officially the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida on the Interstate 295 East Beltway. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989. The main span is 1,300 feet (396.2 m), and is 175 feet (53.3 m) high. The bridge was designed by HNTB Corporation and RS&H, Inc. The Massman Construction Company built the bridge.


The bridge's cables are arranged on multiple vertical planes in a slight modification to the harp (parallel) stay arrangement. Main span cables are paired to anchor into the tower in a vertical plane while side span cables pair up to anchor in a horizontal plane such that four cables anchor in each tower at approximately the same elevation.


Until the 2003 completion of the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia, the Dames Point Bridge was the only bridge in the United States to feature the harp stay arrangement.

It remains one of the largest cable-stayed bridges in the United States, with 21 miles (34 km) of cable.


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