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The last portion of the U.S. Route 1 Bridge over the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter FL, which is a favorite spot for snorkelers and once the location of a scene on national television show, is expected to be demolished this fall and replaced with an aluminum decked fishing pier.

The concrete bridge off of U.S. 1 that was built in 1927, allowed motorists to drive on U.S. 1 from Juno Beach to Hobe Sound. The middle section of that bridge was torn out when the new twice as tall U.S. 1 drawbridge opened in 1958. The section of the old bridge on the north side of the Loxahatchee River was torn down in 2010, leaving only a chunk of the South section, which has been used as a fishing bridge ever since.

Fishing was the not only activity on that section of the 20 foot wide concrete bridge.  Jupiter locals snorkel there to see the most beautiful tropical fish you could find. Also, during the second season of the television series B.L Stryker, filmed in Jupiter in 1990, Burt Reynolds, who is a famous Jupiter resident, used the bridge to film a vehicle going airborne and splashing into the Loxahatchee River.

The construction is expected to take place in the fall and may take about eight months to build the aluminum decked pier allowing sunlight to pass through, which will help sea grass and sea life grow. The concrete removed from the old bridge will be used to build an artificial reef. Plans call for linking the fishing pier with Riverwalk, the town’s 2.4-mile pedestrian-bicycle waterfront path from Ocean Way to the Jupiter Inlet.

The 225 feet long and 13 feet wide fishing pier will add to the fishing village feel of the area.

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