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The Shands Bridge is a highway bridge over the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Floridamarker. The span was first opened in 1929. It was located just north of the current span, crossing from Orangedale to the present Shands pier on the west side of the river.

The current bridge was dedicated on October 30, 1963, and features a beam-type construction for a total of two lanes. The bridge is part of SR 16 and is the only crossing of the St. Johns River between Jacksonvillemarker and Palatkamarker.

In 2004, proposals were made to replace or upgrade the span. Problems cited include increasing traffic in the Clay Countymarker and St. Johns Countymarker areas, safety, and the inability of large boats to travel upriver. One plan would put a new bridge north of the existing one, connecting to extensions of SR 9B and SR 23. In the fall of 2005, the railings of the bridge were upgraded to solid concrete barriers in an effort to reduce over-bridge fatalities.

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File:Old Shands Bridge.jpg|View of the old bridge from the new one

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