The iconic Old Seven Mile Bridge that connects Marathon to the lower Florida Keys will soon be more accessible to wheelchair users. In December, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed to spend $1.16 million to improve access near the bridge’s entrance in Marathon.
“The Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is thrilled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection authorized this plan, thus allowing even more visitors to experience the beauty of the Old Seven Mile Bridge,” says Daniel Samess, CEO of the Marathon Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal is to have as many people as possible enjoy what many call the Eighth Wonder of the World. This much needed addition will help to do just that and we couldn’t be more proud to support it!”
The Old Seven Mile Bridge was built in the early 1900s by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler as part of his famous Overseas Railroad. After its completion, it was called the Eighth Wonder of the World because for the first time it connected the Keys to the mainland of Florida. There is a newer bridge that cars travel on built right next to the old bridge, which is used by sight-seeing pedestrians and bicyclists.