Road - 192 goes from Melbourne to Orlando.
Unless you go way out of the way to the north or the
south, there is no other route over the river to the
interior of Central Florida.
Old View to the South
Since a river is
involved, so must be a bridge. The bridge in the above
photo was the one in service when I was a child. US-192
went down that road, across the bridge and continued on
past the south side of Camp Holly.
There is a deep hole
just south of the old bridge -12 ft. below sea level according
to our local historian Ed
The bridge was old,
narrow and in sad need of repair. During hurricanes, when
it became the escape route to the interior, the bridge
would have water over the top of it. Not a really good
So they redirected
US-192 to run past the north side of Camp Holly,
built a new bridge and knocked out the center of the
old bridge. People still use the old bridge as fishing
docks, but several years ago the east end of the bridge
caught fire. The way I heard it, the Fire Department
didn't want to scratch the paint job on the firetruck
on the bushes lining the old road, so they just let it
from the Southeast Side of the River
The newest bridge is in the background seen thru the pilings of the old bridge.
The new bridge is only 2 lanes wide, but at least it is in good repair and
doesn't flood out just when you need it as an evacuation route. When the water
gets very high airboats cannot pass under it, but they just make a jump over
the highway itself and catch an airboat trail on the other side.
The new bridge is
a fixed landmark, so there are some restrictions acknowledged:
no tour boats north of the bridge, no trot
lines north of the bridge...
The tall burnt pilings
are from the old bridge - the east end that burned down.
Now, see the shorter pilings just barely above water? They
are from the original bridge. Ed says there are
interesting tales to be told about the old bridges, so
as soon as I hear them I'll pass them on.
the water is low enough you can see the earliest pilings
under the old bridge at Camp Holly.