Shands Bridge dedicated

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30 Oct 1963

The current Alvin G. Shands Bridge was dedicated on this date. The two lane steal stringer beam-type bridge spans the St. John’s River connecting Orangdale on the eastern shore of the river with Green Cove Springs on the western shore; a total span of 6662 ft. Until the opening of the I-295 Henry Holland Buckman Bridge in 1970, the Shands Bridge was the only crossing between Jacksonville and Palatka.


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