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Florida Keys' Seven Mile Bridge to be Wheelchair Accessible

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection authorized a $1.16 million plan to make the bridge wheelchair accessible.

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    MARATHON, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: In this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, traffic flows on the Seven Mile Bridge a day after Hurricane Rita skirted the Keys September 21, 2005 near Key Largo, Florida. Residents who evacuated were able to return home after Rita roared by, leaving the islands relatively unscathed. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)

    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.