We have all certainly either walked, biked or run this iconic and beautiful bridge.
But have you every wondered how this iconic bridge got it’s name ??
According to research done by the North Brevard Historical Society, Albert “Max” Brewer was a Titusville attorney in the 1950s and succeeded William Akridge as State Representative from Brevard County. In 1961 Gov. Bryant appointed Brewer to the State Road Board. In 1966 Brewer was killed when his private plane crashed. In 1983 a swing span bridge was renamed the A. Max Brewer Bridge in his honor.
Brevard County Public Works Director John Denninghoff said Brevard County initiated the project to replace the swing span Max Brewer Bridge, named in honor of Albert “Max” Brewer, a Titusville attorney in the 1950s who was killed in a private plane crash in 1966, with local funding to start the planning process, but credited legislators who were successful in getting state and federal funding to build it.
“We had a vision for that bridge 11 years ago to have it replaced and save the taxpayers a lot of money for maintenance, but also to create something special for the north end of the county,” Denninghoff said. “That movable bridge was special on its own, so we wanted something special to replace it with and we felt like we did it. It turned out extremely well. It’s been wonderful to see the people out there adopting that bridge as part of their exercise and recreational activities, and it’s also important as a reliable means to getting out to the commercial area and the Kennedy Space Center.”
This project involved construction of a new 3,207 foot high level bridge over the Indian River. At its highest point, there is a vertical clearance of 65 ft. in the navigation channel. The new bridge is comprised of a total of 22 spans including a three-span spliced, continuous modified Florida bulb-tee beam superstructure over the navigation channel. The three-span channel unit is comprised of spans with lengths of 170’-221’-170’, respectively. The approach spans are simply supported; they each have a length of 147’, comprised of 78 inch Florida bulb-tee beams. Foundations for the bridge consist of single column, hammer-head style piers supported by precast concrete pilings ranging in size from 24 inch squares to 36 inch squares. Foundations in the waterway were designed to resist vessel impact forces in accordance with LRFD requirements.
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Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Engineering Excellence Grand Award
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC): National Recognition Award (National Award)
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