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Posted April 24, 2017, by Suzy (Evans_suzy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I live"around the bend". This is the community there. I have used this this bridge almost daily my whole life!! It was washed out for about three years, not washed out but a tree took it down and it was not repaired for years! It was annoying too!!! It used to have a higher ramp on one end. They did straighten it out some when it was rebuilt. It needs to be redone again😍

Posted April 24, 2017, by Suzy (Evans_suzy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I live"around the bend". This is the community there. I have used this this bridge almost daily my whole life!! It was washed out for about three years, not washed out but a tree took it down and it was not repaired for years! It was annoying too!!! It used to have a higher ramp on one end. They did straighten it out some when it was rebuilt. It needs to be redone again😍

Posted April 23, 2017, by Jennifer Davidson (Joel_jennifer [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My family's land is just around the curve from this bridge. The bridge didn't wash away. Some of the under footing of it was comprised. Only one end had a part that sloped down, and when it would flood that part would float. When they made the repairs to it is when they took out the end that slopes down since the end only sit on top of the pavement.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Wayne Jones (1wayne1jones [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drive a school bus thru this tunnel on a daily bases with students aboard. My question is, are they any current bridge inspection results that are available? Due to cracked concrete, and the visible appearance of concrete that has fallen from roof, I do not pass under bridge if a train is passing over. Which defeats the purpose of having a tunnel. Your help would be most appreciated.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Wayne Jones (1wayne1jones [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drive a school bus thru this tunnel on a daily bases with students aboard. My question is, are they any current bridge inspection results that are available? Due to cracked concrete, and the visible appearance of concrete that has fallen from roof, I do not pass under bridge if a train is passing over. Which defeats the purpose of having a tunnel. Your help would be most appreciated.

Posted February 7, 2017, by Anonymous

Bridge was replaced in 2015. Needs to be updated to lost

Posted February 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

William thanks so much for taking care of the bridge, More photos always welcome. I'm sure some one would add photos to main page if permission was available from you. Thanks again

Posted February 5, 2017, by William Allcorn (Pokemon241392 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hello! Out of curiosity I searched the creek name and found this page - I live within walking distance from here! Infact, I'm the one who cleared the detritus off of it after the flood. That's why the picture from last year shows the top completely clear. I couldn't get much of the junk out from the beams underneath it though. It's just a special place to me and I knew no one else was going to do it, and I didn't want the boards to molder. I guess I don't really have much to add, though for trivia's sake I'll add it was closed BEFORE the floods. That's why the guard rails put up to stop traffic are washed out.

Anyway, have a good day!

P.S. - Here's two of the pictures I took of the flood damage, I have more but I didn't wanna spam the page with all of them!

Posted January 7, 2017, by Jerry L Brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Was definitely the Big Bayou Canot in 1993.

Amtrak's worst accident [47 lives lost, I believe].

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.

Posted December 12, 2016, by Tim Legg (kc0ofc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was closed in 1988. For several years, the arch was clearly visible from the new bridge.

Posted November 20, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

would this not be considered bankhead highway?

Posted October 31, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The adjacent piers were the original ones from 1955. The bridge was moved in July 1982 because the original piers were deteriorating.

The lacing seems somewhat anachronistic for 1955.

The old topo shows the former bridge crossing to the north.

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

anyone went underwater to investigate?

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

me too!

Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

wow very interesting!!!

Posted September 1, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Rehabilitation or even restoration would be preferred.

Posted August 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

more history on this bridge would be nice.

Posted August 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

hope replacement is started soon.

Posted August 26, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bridge turns to let boats pass. The Coast Guard can tell you how to request an opening.

Posted August 26, 2016, by Randall Lambeth (guntersville [at] att [dot] net)

how do people get around trestle on bayou sara with boat

Posted August 23, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the old duncan bridge is 100ft below this bridge.if the lake is ever drained, that would be a sight to see.

Posted August 18, 2016, by dave phillips (julesrules4fun [at] gmail [dot] )

We hang out there at the old bridges. Central of Georgia Historical Society sent me some of their news letters that show the bridges in use with steam engines going across. They show the stone bridge being dismantled and the concrete bridge being built in 1944-1945.

Posted July 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

great find!

Posted July 25, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think this bridge may still be there, looking at the street view it looks like there is something hiding in the weeds.

Posted July 24, 2016, by John Barron (barron1951 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is on Pigeon Creek,not the Sepulga River it is mislabeled on Google map. Bull Slough bridge over the Sepulga is still in operation today it is an old railroad bridge built the early 1900's converted to a highway bridge.

Posted July 20, 2016, by Rebecca (rebeccainphoenix [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank you so much for posting these pictures! We used to cross it all the time when visiting family in the area. Can you imagine 9 people in an old Ford Mustang crossing that bridge in the 1970s and 1980s? I've been trying to find a way to see it again for years, but with limited time in the area, I never seem to have time to pull off and find it again.

Posted July 15, 2016, by Anthony (ant_1_1999 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow! I saw this bridge last year in October, while headed to DC on Amtrak. I was wondering about its origin. Great looking!!!!

Posted July 15, 2016, by Anonymous

This bridge crosses Oakmulgee Creek, not Cahaba River.

Posted July 13, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Here are some pictures taken from 2001. The pics are of my friends when we took a trip to the Trussell. One can see the steep sides of the bridge approaches. The bridge is still there and probably will outlast our lifetimes.

Posted July 11, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That was my theory as well. This is a great find!

Posted July 11, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The pinned Pratt pony could very well date to 1896... Hence the stone abutments. Probably lost the other span to a flood or accident and then it was replaced with the riveted Polygonal Warren... Just a theory!

Posted July 11, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You can post them in the comments, or you can create an editor account and add them to the rest of the photos.I look forward to seeing them!!

Posted July 10, 2016, by Hope Evans (globhoppr5 [at] gmail [dot] com )

How do we add photos? My cousin owns the property next to this bridge and I have excellent pics of it...looking at it from the middle of the creek!

Also, there is a date of 1896 on the bridge base! I'm pretty sure I have a photo of it.

Thanks!

Posted July 6, 2016, by Irran Butler (ibutler656 [at] comcast [dot] net)

If you're interested in learning the story of how the bridge came to be haunted, check this interesting web site. "http://themoonlitroad.com/haunted-bridge-lookout-mountain-al...

Posted June 3, 2016, by Anonymous

It's not completely gone. They only blasted a portion of it. The rest is to be demolished on the 9th. And the blasting took place today, the 3rd.

Posted May 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton (cacher [at] mail [dot] com)

Two photos related to the bridge. One is plaque showing the bridge designer. The other historical marker photo notes what happened on 'Bloody Sunday'.

Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i believe the bridge is still there, too.

Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

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Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i visited this bridge a few weeks ago. i saw all the damage from the flooding. the bridge is now closed to traffic with barriers on each end. i will try to post pics.

Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

ok. i just saw your post. seems as tho i don't get notifications when someone posts a comment after mine.

Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

pics of this would be nice.

Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

drove past this bridge 05/07/16 next time i will stop.

Posted May 11, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

drove past this bridge Saturday. 05/07/16

Posted May 2, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't believe that it's Big Bayou Canot. I've heard stories of this indecent happening but, I cannot find any records to validate them. It would explain what appears to be a support for a swing.

Posted April 29, 2016, by James F. Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

New bridge opened today. B.B. Comer Bridge is now closed and demolition is to start immediately.

http://whnt.com/2016/04/29/new-highway-35-bridge-in-scottsbo...

Posted April 27, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted April 27, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would appear this bridge was originally a swing span, the three southern supports being part of the original swing (center support of the three being the pivot). Apparently, in the 70's or 80's, part of a load either hit the bridge or the span was weak and the train derailed, fell off the swing span and into the river. The accident rendered the swing scrap and a new deck was built over the old swing supports and a new lift installed (the current lift in place). I cannot find any information on this, any insight would be appreciated.

Posted April 24, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

the google street view is taken from the adjacent rr bridge....the bridge in question is the right bridge. since street view is not available from the bridge in question i had to use the street view from the other bridge so that one can see the right bridge.

Posted April 24, 2016, by Gwen Phillips (shoganaik11rs [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge in the photos is not the bridge across RR on 723.

The road surfaces are not even the same.

Where were the photos taken at?

Posted April 16, 2016, by Michael Taylor

National Geographic posted their fantastic Seconds from Disaster episode on this disaster, on their official youtube channel. https://youtu.be/sJMOghxT0AE Fog was a factor, and the bridges non functioning swing span was not only never used, it was never bolted down either.

Posted April 6, 2016, by Anonymous

Traffic may switch to new bridge this month

http://thedailysentinel.com/news/article_5ba0334c-fbfb-11e5-...

Posted March 15, 2016, by Sam Yates (sd-yates [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I grew up with this bridge and railroad. My father, Dewitt Yates was the engineer for the B. & S.E. RR. I have walked across this bridge many times, especially during the hunting season. We had a year's permit from Ben Walker, the owner of the land on the Macon County side of the river. Every Sunday for years I would make a run with my dad in a motorized passenger car for a mail pickup from the Central of Georgia at Milstead. I do not ever recall anyone ever using this bridge as a jumping platform as the river at this point was too shallow and the bridge to far above the river. However, there was another bridge below Milstead on a back road that passed over a creek and swimming hole and was used as a jumping platform. The railroad went defunct and the tracks were torn up and sold for scrap. The steam locomotive 200, was sold to an excursion line in Vermont. I happened to see a program about trains on the Rural Network several years ago that featured the 200. The other steam locomotive, the 227 was wrecked when some still unknown person threw a switch sending the engine downhill and up to the cab in a creek bank. This locomotive was cut up for scrap. Luckily none of the crew was injured when the wreck occurred.

Posted March 14, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I checked that link, and the included documentatation includes a signed Memorandum of Agreement that states that the historic bridge will be bypassed and preserved. Directly from the MOA:

The historic, concrete open-spandrel arch bridge over the west fork of the Little River will be left in place and a new bridge constructed downstream. To facilitate this, the ALDOT will transfer the existing SR-117 bridge over the West Fork of the Little River to the State Historic Preservation Office. The property transfer will be effective upon property release by ALDOT after completion of all new construction and detour activities. The property transfer will include all responsibility for maintenance and liability.

Posted March 14, 2016, by Anonymous

Bridge is scheduled for replacement. Such a shame!

http://rp.dot.state.al.us/SR117/

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

another jewel saved thanks to the utility department.

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

yet another saved bridge due to a utility pipe line.

Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge looks like it's been abandoned longer 14 years.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

such a shame it's left to rust away.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Kristina Ostberg (kmostberg [at] gmail [dot] com)

I took a few pictures of this bridge today. I plan on returning with hiking boots so I can get pictures of the structure but that was not an option today.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

thanks for the pics! i would like to see this one.

Posted February 25, 2016, by Kristina Ostberg (kmostberg [at] gmail [dot] com)

I took a few pictures of this bridge today. I plan on returning with hiking boots so I can get pictures of the structure but that was not an option today.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It is. I parked where it was blocked and walked.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

John H Bankhead was the father of good roads. He was able to get federal dollars appropriated to fund the Bankhead Highway that runs from Washington DC to San Diego CA. He was from Jasper AL.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

photo 9 is very interesting.

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wonder why the bridge isn't blocked off?

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the renovation looks awesome!

Posted February 24, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i hate kudzu lol

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

love hwy 78 and bankhead hwy history

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

looks like a makeshift bridge. they used spare parts from a metal scrap pile.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i agree. i hate to see them go!

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

how do you see the satellite view?

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

as many times i have been up 247 going to florence, i have not noticed this bridge. i will pay better attention next time.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would agree

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Zach, please email me. I would like to discuss the old bridges in your area. Thanks.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

wish there were photos.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

wish there were photos! i may have to jump in my truck and check this one out. love seeing old bridges, especially along the old bankhead highway!

Posted February 22, 2016, by Anonymous

oh man! had i known about this bridge, i would have stopped on my way to and from birmingham. i sometimes took the old 78 route just so i could see parts of the old bankhead hwy.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i use to cross this bridge while driving a 6 wheel bob truck. have had my driver side mirror struck by another on coming truck several times.

Posted February 22, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sounds like they are going to keep this bridge in place and build a replacement bridge upstream.

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20160221/NEWS/160229976

Posted January 24, 2016, by Mandy (mshirley003 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Where did you find the newspaper article? My son is doing a school project on this bridge.

Posted January 6, 2016, by Zachary S

Well if it comes down to a bridge-sit as an act of civil disobedience at demo time, definitely count me in. Might be the futile but would certainly make a point.

Posted December 28, 2015, by Justin Crocker (cro7927 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Picture taken 12/26/15 during all the flooding.

Posted December 28, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Found this blurb in an 'on this day' type article:

Dec. 28, 1990, in The Star: The historic span over Choccolocco Creek here is now a troubled bridge over water. A car skidded on the Boiling Springs Road Bridge just after midnight Thursday, snapping an iron truss. The bridge is now out of service — expected to be closed for at least three weeks. "When an old bridge like that gets hit, it's just real susceptible to damage," said Calhoun County Assistant Engineer Scott Holladay, who was redirecting motorists this morning. "All the iron trusses on the sides and overtop are carrying part of the load." Most of the single-lane bridge is still intact, though the wooden planks in the center are buckled, and a truss sticks out from its side. Eric Isom of Anniston was driving a 1990 Nissan when the car spun sideways on the damp span, according to a state trooper spokesman.

http://www.annistonstar.com/monday/almanac-monday-december/a...

Posted December 12, 2015, by Ben (Jtyler12 [at] comcast [dot] net)

The draw bridge is no longer in service. It was removed in the late 80's. It was replaced by the Dog River Bridge.

https://www.southalabama.edu/archaeology/dog-river.html

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/stationhome.html?id=8735391

Posted November 16, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

More information on the decision to demolish the bridge and the irrational reasons behind it here: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2015/11/16/bb-comer-br...

Whatever happened to democracy and the right to allow the public to decide on a project like this?

Posted October 30, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You could help with this bridge .... at the last days .... unless there is a stay of execution. Director Cooper did not stay within the bounds of preservation law, we passed all other agencies for their requirements.

Call Governor Bentley at 334-242-7100 . doesn't really cost much time or money and it just might help. We need the hail Mary.

Posted October 26, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sounds like the part will be opened soon!:

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20151025/NEWS/15102977...

Posted October 17, 2015, by Robert (robertday645 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If i remember correctly it was around 1970 to 1974

Posted October 17, 2015, by Robert (robertday645 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Crossed this bridge many times going to my favorite fishing spot, don't see why they closed it. Never had any problems crossing,the added time and distance to go around must not have been a factor to people.

Posted September 26, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It is now up to the county to see if they have the vision to create a destination that can benefit all of their citizens. This article sums it up pretty well.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/sep/20/s...

2 years of the B.B. Comer Bridge Foundation presentations to government entities, August 2013 to date. http://arklite.blogspot.com/sea…/label/B.B.%20Comer%20Bridge

We were privileged to work with the friends down there. Remember this bridge was part of the Trussies. If you feel inclined, contact the county commission of Jackson in Alabama.

Contracts will be let for demolition in the next few weeks. Even with all of the delays we have ultimately run out of time, unless these commissioners decide there is value.

We have proved there if economic viability in these old bridges. There are many other spans just like this one that need help but it does take all...not just a few...especially in the politics of Alabama where you speak to their backs, or you speak and then you can not be part of the conversation. I don't know how good decisions get made when there is no back and forth, guess that's what lobbyists are for.

Do we need a historic bridge lobby?

Posted September 7, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Link to Econnomic impact study that might be helpful to others.

https://goo.gl/mC5VX2

Anybody want to summarize these findings that would be great. These numbers do not include bridge fees and direct sales to locals.

Posted September 5, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

"The Economic Impact of Potential Tourism Activities Associated with

B. B. Comer Bridge" by Anthony Dixon, Ph.D. has arrived. This is just a tease to get the buzz started, but with your help and donations (past, present and future) it is full of information and sustains the notion of an Authority. The entire report (pdf with no changes) will go out next week. after the holiday, but TA DA....... "Based on the estimates above, the preservation of the B. B. Comer Bridge has the ability to generate significant economic impacts on Scottsboro/Jackson County, Alabama. The preservation of the B. B. Comer Bridge is estimated to product economic impacts that range between $1.2 and $2.9 million." The report is 37 pages long with lot's of graphs and explanations of the numbers but overall the impact of a trail from Huntsville to Chattanooga results in non local visitors that spend money. These numbers don't include local money spent on any of the events studied. Anyway, we'll let you all read it next week and look for your suggestions! You can be a friend of the bridge. The study was funded in half by a grant from the NTHP through NSRGA / Workin' Bridges and Comer Bridge Foundation.

Posted August 26, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

"Trestle" is the correct spelling of the term described in proper American English. That said, I have absolutely no doubt that the spelling Trussel might be appropriate for this bridge as that may be a local customary spelling. A similar comparison might be Tracel de Cap-Rouge in Quebec, where Tracel isn't really a proper French translation of "Trestle" yet that is what it means in the context of that particular bridge. It appears to be an unusual spelling unique to that bridge according to Google.

A simple google search indicates that "Trussel" is properly "the upper die of an old English apparatus for striking coins by hand with a hammer"

Posted August 26, 2015, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Dear Mr. Purvis,

The "Trussell" is the local name for the bridge that you correctly identified as the C. of GA (Hartford and Slocomb RR) Bridge. To answer your question, "Trussel? Is that actually a word?," Yes. It is a word. A trussel, trussell, or trestle are various spellings for a term that denotes a wooden railroad bridge. Now the bridge in question is not wooden, but instead, it is an arch bridge and that is perhaps why one would question its name. The reason for its name would go back to a local legend in which before the arch bridge was built an older wooden (trestle) bridge existed in its place. Because the first bridge was supposedly a true trussell/trestle/trussel bridge the name stuck when the newer bridge was built and has stuck ever since.

Posted August 25, 2015, by mark purvis (jamochashake [at] peoplepc [dot] com)

Trussel? is that actually a word? this little branch line was built by the Central of Georgia and then purchased from this rr by the H&S.

Posted August 21, 2015, by Vincent George (vigeo5 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Known to the locals as The Dolly Parton Bridge. It is said that Dolly has quite a laugh when told of the bridge named for her endowments. www.safespanllc.com