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Coosa River Bridge

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Photo taken by James McCray

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Overview
Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Coosa River on AL 77 in Southside
Location
Etowah County, Alabama
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939 by the C.G. Kershaw Contracting Co.
Builder
- Charles G. Kershaw Contracting Co. of Birmingham, Alabama
Design
Polygonal Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 202.1 ft.
Total length: 868.2 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
Gilbert's Ferry Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.94264, -86.02568   (decimal degrees)
33°56'34" N, 86°01'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/590038/3756223 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dunaway Mountain
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
11,410
Inventory numbers
AL 2035 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10083 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2014: New photos from Ben Tate
  • December 15, 2013: New photos from John Adair
  • March 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View and Corrected GPS.
  • July 9, 2008: New photos from James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • City of Southside - History of the bridge and former ferry service
  • Douglas Butler
  • John Adair - ijohna [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Coosa River Bridge
Posted December 15, 2016, by Don Crider (cricon [at] cableone [dot] net)

The Southside bridge with the swing span was opened in the mid 1970's for inspection, then closed and welded shut. I regret that I didn't take pictures, but I did get to see it.

Coosa River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This swing bridge is a less common continuous-style-truss swing span, where it looks like a single span with a pier under the center, rather than two simple-style-truss spans joined at the center to a tower. I was looking at an online (Google Books) historical book the other day that had the correct "technical" terminology to distinguish between these swing span types, but i can't recall which book it was or what terminology. It was a two volume set one devoted to movable bridge superstructures and the other to movable bridge mechanics. An interesting read.

Coosa River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Matt Lohry

Photo #6 does indeed show a round pier with gearing on top under the center of the north truss, indicating a swing span.

Coosa River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Ben Tate

Here's an article that states it, too.

http://www.cityofsouthside.com/Default.asp?ID=5&pg=History

Coosa River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Ben Tate

Picture 6 says it's showing the swing span.

Coosa River Bridge
Posted September 2, 2011, by Rush Wickes (theroadfan [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is a truss bridge incorrectly categorized as being a moveable bridge.