Friday, September 14, 2012

Historic Fort Denaud Swing Bridge Reopens

LABELLE, FL. -- The historic Fort Denaud Bridge in Hendry county has reopened after emergency repairs were completed this week. The bridge was closed in May, forcing drivers to use either the LaBelle bridge or the Alva bridge to get to Glades county.

Above: Aerial photo of Fort Denaud just a few miles west of LaBelle, Fl. on the Caloosahatchee River.

This scenic river location west of LaBelle has one of the few remaining swing bridges left in Florida. The Fort Denaud Bridge "swings" open to allow boat traffic to pass down the river.

Fort Denaud was the location of an early 19th century Army encampment.

Photo by Don Browne


  1. Very interesting story, and great photo! Must be nice to have the bridge open again, and I have never really seen a 'swing' bridge before.

  2. Anonymous8:19 AM

    YAHOOOO!!!!!! Between Ft. Denaud being closed and construction the bridge in Labelle, getting back and forth has been less than convenient! Oh Happy Day!