Florida Department of Transportation – Restoring a Bridge: American Legion Drive over Peace River

Originally completed in 1925, the American Legion Drive Bridge once served as a connector for vehicle traffic. After building a new bridge to handle that traffic, the original bridge closed to motor vehicles in 1985. Now the old bridge serves as a walkway for pedestrians and bicyclists. Florida DOT worked with the city of Arcadia and other local officials to give the old bridge some needed updates to boost safety and better accommodate foot traffic. FDOT also ensured the infrastructure updates met the necessary historical standards as a protected landmark. The $1.2 million restoration effort included straightening the bridge and updates to lighting that help protect pedestrians at night. With those improvements, residents and tourists alike can enjoy the bridge for years to come.