This bridge had been proposed for more than ۳۰ years. It nearly was started in the ۱۹۷۰s, but an economic recession caused it to be shelved. The bridge design was modified late in the design process to increase the height above the water from ۱۶۰ feet to ۱۷۵ feet. It is fortunate that this was done since modern container ships need this clearance. Some critics suggest that this was still too low, and it should have been built with ۱۹۰ feet of clearance to allow the larger cruise ships to pass under the bridge. Even that would be too low given that the newest cruise ships require ۲۰۰ feet of clearance.
The first major maintenance was performed on the bridge in ۲۰۰۷ and ۲۰۰۸ when the stay cables were painted. This involved erecting large stacks of scaffolding on each side of the bridge to provide access to the cables.
The bridge is officially named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, a former governor of Florida and all-around character. Besides his political career, Broward was a daring sea captain, and was known to run guns to the Cuban revolutionaries.
The photo above is a view of the upriver west face of the bridge as seen from the south shore of the river. The vantage point was between two houses in a residential area located southwest of the river crossing.