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Historic Keys bridge to be wheelchair accessible

Historic Keys bridge to be wheelchair accessible

MIAMI (AP) - Railroad magnate Henry Flagler's historic Seven Mile Bridge will soon become a more welcoming spot to watch the Florida Key sunsets for tourists of all abilities.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has authorized a $1.16 million plan to improve access to the old Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon Key with a ramp that will run along an existing stairwell beneath the new bridge.

The project is in addition to an agreement reached at the end of last year for a $77.5 million upgrade to a 2.2-mile portion of the old bridge that connects to Pigeon Key. Pigeon Key was once the headquarters for the construction of Flagler's railroad. The railroad helped turn South Florida into a vacation destination and trade route in the beginning of the 20th century.

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