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O'Neal Bridge

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Photo taken by James McCray in August 2010

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Overview
Cantilevered Warren through truss bridge over Tennessee River on US 43 between Florence and Sheffield
Location
Florence, Colbert County, Alabama, and Lauderdale County, Alabama
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939
Design
Cantilevered Warren through truss and Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 420.0 ft.
Total length: 2,071.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 46.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Also called
Tennessee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.78274, -87.67113   (decimal degrees)
34°46'58" N, 87°40'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/438596/3849155 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Florence
Inventory numbers
AL 1901 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36057 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 39.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
27,850

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2015: Updated by Andy Peters: adds Florence Times Daily article about rehab
  • August 3, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • August 22, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • July 2, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type and GPS.

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Comments 

O'Neal Bridge
Posted April 18, 2011, by Ben Tate

In some of the photos you can see the entrance to the former walking lane. The only entrances left are on the south side of the bridge. Up until about the late 1980s, these entraces went below the bridge and came up to the center where there was a pedestrian walking lane. It was eventually removed so the lanes could be widened.

Tennessee River Bridge
Posted March 30, 2009, by Ed Truitt

The official name of this bridge is the O'Neal Bridge, named for Gov. Edward A. O'Neal of Alabama.

It runs between Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County, and Sheffield, Alabama, in Colbert County. The town of Muscle Shoals in Colbert County abuts Sheffield.