Fort Pierce - Bridge to Hutchinson Island
The bridge to Hutchinson Island, from the small boat harbor in Fort Pierce, Florida. Hutchinson Island is about 20 miles (30 km) long. It is connected to the mainland by this bridge at the north end, and a bridge to Stuart at the south end.
The bridge crosses Indian River, which is not a river at all. It is the name for the water separating the mainland from barrier islands in this part of Florida. The Atlantic Ocean is on the other side of Hutchinson Island. Florida state highway A1A, which runs the length of the barrier islands on the Atlantic coast, crosses the bridge. Fort Pierce Inlet is beyond the bridge. There is another bridge to the next barrier island beyond the inlet, not visible in this photo.
Indian River is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, a channel for small boats which is protected by barrier islands most of its length, from the Manasquan River in New Jersey to Brownsville, Texas.