The Northwest 5th Street Bascule Bridge is located on the Miami River amind the hustle and bustle of an active port and marina area. The bridge has a closed vertical clearance ot 12 feet and 75 feet of horizontal clearance in the center span. The bridge operates on a restricted schedule. The bridge is closed Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 4:30 to 6 p.m.. The bridge opens on demand at all other times.
Depending on schedule, the bridge can be opened by horn signal (one long, one short) or by hailing the bridge tender on VHF Channel 09. (All bridges in the state of Florida must be hailed on VHF Channel 09.)