Old Hathaway Bridge Section Comes Down

By: Jeremy Pate
By: Jeremy Pate

Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, a landmark linking Panama City and Panama City Beach came down.

It stood as a link for 45 years. Now, the middle section of the Hathaway Bridge is sitting in St. Andrew Bay.

Built in the late 50s, the Hathaway Bridge served as the only link between Panama City and the beach area for more than 40 years.

Named for Dr. Pons Hathaway, the bridge saw 15,000 cars a day cross it in 1970. That number almost quadrupled by 1998, when an average of 57,000 cars a day traveled over it.

With the new bridges being built, the Hathaway Bridge became obsolete, which brings us to the demolition.

"There's a lot of history, but times change and it's just a part of the new bridges that are being built,” says Bill Crittendon of Granite Construction.

Traffic around the Hathaway Bridge area was stopped for about 20 minutes while the demolition took place.

The two new bridges, which will replace the old Hathaway Bridge, cost more than $80 million.


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