The Brooks Bridge is a four-lane steel and concrete structure that carries highway U.S. Route 98 over Santa Rosa Sound (mile 223 of the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) just west of the Choctawhatchee Bay between downtown Fort Walton Beach, Florida and the three-mile section of Okaloosa Island controlled by the city of Fort Walton Beach. It is named for John T. Brooks, a long-time local developer and city figure. It has a charted clearance of 50 feet above the water.
Constructed in 1965–1966, it replaced a 1935-vintage low-level steel through-truss center-pier swing-span structure immediately west of the current bridge which had become increasingly unreliable with age, the center-pivoting span having been known to get stuck in the open position while allowing for transit of maritime traffic. Removal of the steel work and the old concrete pivot pier began in March 1966 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the new Brooks Bridge reached completion with removal taking about three weeks.
Paranormal activity here is strangely specific: on the third Wednesday of every month, at exactly 12:00am, a pack of wolves emerges here, running across the water. Locals swear they see them, but photographs only show strange blurry shapes. How the wolves manage to keep such precise track of the monthly calendar though is anybody’s guess…
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- Brooks Bridge
Fort Walton, FL
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- 30.40053182726131, -86.60049927514649
- Okaloosa County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
- Fort Walton Beach, FL (1.2 mi.)
Cinco Bayou, FL (1.6 mi.)
Ocean City, FL (2.9 mi.)
Shalimar, FL (3.4 mi.)
Lake Lorraine, FL (3.5 mi.)
Mary Esther, FL (3.8 mi.)
Wright, FL (4.4 mi.)
Eglin Air Force Base, FL (5.0 mi.)
Eglin Village, FL (5.6 mi.)
Destin, FL (6.3 mi.)
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