Weak Link

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Walking down the old seven-mile bridge between Marathon and Pigeon Key, in Florida, was quite an experience. It was also possibly a historical experience, as the bridge may end up being closed to pedestrian use (as the majority of the older bridges already are). It’s hard to imagine something this immense, originally designed to carry thousands to people to and fro across the Florida Keys, for so many years, being so far gone that it cannot even serve pedestrian use. However,  as you walk across the bridge, you can get an understanding of just why that might be the case. Over the many years the bridge has been standing, it has been pummeled by constant weather in the form of hurricane force winds, rain, salt spray, and oppressive heat. Cars and trucks have eroded the asphalt through weight and vibration. And when you stand in between the two keys (about a mile out) you realize just how large the bridge actually is, and how much work is probably required to maintain it.

This shot is a close up of where the guard rails meet on the side of the bridge. As you can see they are corroded quite heavily. As I took this shot, I wondered to myself how many times those rails have probably been prepped and re-painted throughout  their  lifetime, and just how long it must have taken to recondition them each time.

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