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Florida Keys' Seven Mile Bridge temporarily closed for footrace Saturday morning

In this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, traffic rolls on the Seven Mile Bridge on September 19, 2017 in Marathon, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)
Posted at 7:02 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 07:04:24-04

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — The longest span of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway is temporarily closing for a footrace over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Organizers say 1,500 runners will cross the start line Saturday on the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge about a half-hour after Monroe County deputies halt traffic at 6:45 a.m.

Law enforcement officials said they will reopen the bridge to traffic at 9 a.m.

The Seven Mile Bridge Run began in 1982 as part of dedication ceremonies to open the then-new structure. The span was funded by a federal program that underwrote construction costs for 37 new Keys bridges.

The total cost was $185 million, and the project finished ahead of schedule.

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