The Florida Department of Transportation held a recognition ceremony Monday to honor those involved in replacing the Fuller Warren Bridge. The original bridge was constructed in 1954 and named after Fuller Warren, the 30th governor of Florida. Spanning 1.6 miles, the $99.3 million project began in August 1996. The new bridge opened in November.
“When the original bridge opened, it was state-of-the-art,” said Florida Department of Transportation district secretary Aage Schroder. “It served us very well for a long time but the area grew and traffic increased. It became functionally obsolete because we needed more lanes.”