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Posted November 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Same Date

Posted November 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

The photo Luke added is also from 1961

Posted November 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

February 25 1961 The Montgomery Advisor

Posted November 7, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Melissa, Did you happen to see any reference to flooding in the 1950s of this bridge? I was contacted by someone who grew up near this bridge and they think it had another really bad flood in the 1950s, and were looking for confirmation of that.

Posted August 24, 2019, by Zachary S

Being replaced, unfortunately without documentation. Farewell to an 1898 bridge, hello concrete eyesore.

Posted August 15, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Some good news, this bridge has been relocated and is being preserved. The TV reports provided some additional history of the bridge and I have estimated the new location based on review of camera shots to be here: 34.896302, -86.445062

https://whnt.com/2019/08/13/historic-bridge-relocated-to-sha...

https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Historic-Madison-County-...

Posted August 11, 2019, by Zachary S

Unfortunately, being replaced.

Posted July 29, 2019, by Stephen Peifer (sfpeifer [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another photo of O'Neal Bridge construction in 1939.

Posted July 29, 2019, by Stephen Peifer (sfpeifer [at] gmail [dot] com)

My father, F.J. Peifer, was a young civil engineer fresh out of college when he worked on the O'Neal Bridge in 1939. It was constructed by the Virginia Bridge Company, which years later merged with American Bridge of U.S. Steel. Attached is a photo of the bridge under construction in 1939.

Posted July 22, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thanks Luke. I appreciate your help!

Posted July 5, 2019, by Zachary S

A closer look at recent aerial imagery shows that the south span at least may be partially intact from where it fell when the center pier collapsed, sitting just downstream. The north span not so much.

Posted June 11, 2019, by Daniel

Guardrail support makes sense, although I'm surprised they didn't use the diagonal nearby instead (or maybe they used both).

I wasn't sure what would explain the change from a member that could take compression, some bending, and tension to a tension only member, in the middle of the member. I guess something else (the guardrail) attaching there is about the only option.

Posted June 11, 2019, by Matt Lohry

Itís definitely a good questionó vertical members in a Pratt configuration (or most other configurations for that matter) are normally in compression, which eyebars are definitely not designed for...

Posted June 11, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Daniel: The member in question is the hip vertical. As such an eyebar is sufficient to handle the tension forces at this location. However they still needed to use a built-up beam with lacing at the bottom to provide a solid post upon which to mount the bridge railing (which no longer exists on the bridge).

Posted June 11, 2019, by Daniel

Can anyone explain why there's a short vertical laced member with a pair of eyebars attached to it, rather than eyebars the full height? 3rd pic.

Good times (Alabama)
Posted June 8, 2019, by Arty (aristontyler [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I remember jumping off of and swimming under this bridge in my youth. I once swung out from the bridge deck on a rope some brave soul had tied to the top rafters. I lost control and landed on my back on the water below. It knocked the breath out of me and scared me to death... I never used the rope again.

It looks like it has really been taken over by nature.

Posted May 28, 2019, by Bob Hobbs (bhobbs [at] hotmail [dot] com)

3 of your 5 photos are the same

Posted May 26, 2019, by Jonathan Rutledge (spuprr [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge was lost for all time this week. Cut up for scrap and hauled off.

Posted May 21, 2019, by Daniel

That's an unusual design. I don't recall seeing other bridges that gradually transition from a through truss to a deck truss. I wonder why they did it.

Posted May 13, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree CV... I think the "Trusses" are serving more as railings on this span.

Posted May 13, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

With no visible tension members forming a lower chord I don't believe this bridge forms a truss. With the pier under the center beam the load is all carried on the timber stringers.

I wonder if this was built with lower chords which were removed when the center pier was added or whether it was built like this, in which case I'll withhold further comment.

Posted May 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Now THIS is a Mongrel Bridge!

Posted May 12, 2019, by Erik Johnson (erikbjohn [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just visited today. Still exists. Very cool setting

Posted May 1, 2019, by Zachary S

Looks more salvageable than many collapsed trusses, but it won't ever happen. Very sad.

Posted April 28, 2019, by Eric (bongoowner [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge collapsed some time after February 2017. That date on Google Earth it is still standing, later date it is collapsed.

Posted April 7, 2019, by Jim Jenkins (jimjenkins1965 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Seeing these photos brings back a lot of memories. I grew up in Daleville during the late 70's and early 80's, and I well remember many nights spent camping, drinking and swimming on, near or beneath this bridge. It still had its deck when I last saw it, and wasn't nearly as overgrown. My friends used to jump off it into the river, but I never had enough guts to do that. Thanks to the poster for bringing back some great memories of good times!!

Posted March 4, 2019, by Marvin Clemons (mclemonsjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

Correction regarding the last date of passenger service over the trestle. The Illinois Central operated the "City of Miami" over the line until it was discontinued by Amtrak on May 2, 1971.

Posted February 27, 2019, by Kevin Green (usmarinemp [at] gmail [dot] com)

Correction; the bridge IS still present. The gate blocking the right-of-way to the water is also still present.

To take any final photographs,

Drive north on Hwy 27, about a mile up the hill to the other end Dumas Bridge Road. It's on the left. There isn't any gate blocking access to the bridge there.

((A word of caution: I was given a stern warning by a Blount County police officer, that using (as a public watercourse) the Blackburn Fork of the Locust Fork/Black Warrior river to Inland Lake, is illegal, and I would be arrested for trespassing if caught kayaking here again. It's a very navigable (and beautiful) stretch of water. I suppose it's debatable, ACOE would settle the debate as far as navigability is concerned. As far as being naturally beautiful, one should be able to judge for themselves. Every other time I've made the voyage, the Bhm Water Works collects $5 to exit the lake at the boat ramp, and I've never had any problems.))

((This has nothing to do with bridges; except that bridges are often the access points to our watery highways, for recreation, travel, and commerce. Tax maps DO show Blackburn Fork, in this route between Highland and Inland Lakes, as separate from surrounding properties, and conjoining Dumas Bridge Road, with no breaks or boundaries. The question of navigability is one for the Army Corps of Engineers, who are the only party authorized to make the decision. I don't usually go on about things, I suppose I'm still upset about the incident.. I was detained, made to sit on a police vehicle bumper, while my vehicle was searched, I was given a cavity search on the spot, and asked if "I'd had my meth, today, and was told in no uncertain terms to never return to this creek, that I've played on my entire life. I have no prior criminal history; in fact, I'm an Honorably discharged Marine Veteran MP. I look as normal as anyone. Just a word of warning to anyone attempting to enjoy their day off, it certainly ruined mine! ))

Posted February 24, 2019, by Zachary S

It's visible in that pasture on Google Earth too. A much better fate than I had feared.

Posted January 25, 2019, by Rayma MacRae (Raymamacrae [at] yahoo [dot] xom)

I need to get hold of whoever is keeping up with the history of the Duncan/Dunkin Bridge and other stuff. I have information clear back to the 1700ís starting with Rawley Duncan. Rawley was my 8th great grandfather. Who do you have for family that is alive? Want information so I can meet family I didnít know I had. My address is:

Rayma MacRae

7830 Tauromee Avenue

Kansas City, Kansas. 66112

913-748-7191

Posted January 22, 2019, by Glyn (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was this bridge part of the Bankhead highway?

Posted January 16, 2019, by Todd Vierling (tv [at] duh [dot] org)

Orange temp sign said "bridge out" a few weeks ago as I was going past the west end of CR 290. I'll visit up close soon for status and update appropriately.

Posted December 18, 2018, by Niki Hollingsworth (njh2870 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My paternal grandparents,aunts, uncles, and, of course, my father, lived near this Town's Lattice Truss covered bridge until it was accidentally set ablaze somewhere around 1945. All of the people I have talked to concerning this bridge call it the Baby Bridge.

Posted December 18, 2018, by Niki Hollingsworth (njh2870 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can confirm that first post. I haven't been over the new bridge in a while, but the last time I crossed it, the old bridge was sitting in a pasture right past the new one. I heard that the gentleman who owns the property bought the old bridge, but I have no idea why.

Posted November 22, 2018, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The tumultuous history of this bridge.

Posted October 19, 2018, by Matt Lohry

Robert,

The pictures that James took are of another bridge just north of the one you're referring to. I've corrected the pin location to reflect its actual location.

Posted October 18, 2018, by Robert Getman (robgetman [at] gmail [dot] com)

The photos for this bridge are incorrect. The photos show a flat bridge. This is an arched bridge.

Posted October 9, 2018, by Dexter Funkhouser

The legend states that the couple killed on said bridge. If you STOP midway they can be seen.

Posted October 8, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks,Luke.This is the bridge.It was on MSN and the article said it was an urban legend about people who supposedly died on this bridge and also some ghosts involved.That's why I said it was eerie.

Posted October 8, 2018, by Luke

This is it, George Oakley.

Posted September 19, 2018, by Luke

The bridge is part of a historic district, and the NRHP nomination form for said district cites ca. 1936, so the NBI is definitely wrong.

https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000893.pdf

Posted September 19, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It appears that the 1956 build date was supplied by the National Bridge Inventory. Not shocking that itís wrong, a lot of dates on the NBI are.

Posted September 19, 2018, by martha jane childers (myrdog [at] comcast [dot] net)

this overpass was built in the '30s by the WPA. You have the date way wrong.

Posted September 12, 2018, by Jeremy Butler (jgbutler [at] gmail [dot] com)

Van de Graaff Park has been open for several months now, with the bridge installed over a stream coming out of a lake.

King Bridge (Alabama)
Posted September 10, 2018, by Jared

It's interesting how it's identical to the Crumpton Bridge.

Posted August 25, 2018, by Luke

Yes.

Posted August 25, 2018, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this bridge on an old alignment of US 72?

Posted July 26, 2018, by Phillip Patterson (pdpatterson [at] charter [dot] net)

Correction, this bridge has definitely been demolished.

Posted June 30, 2018, by John Stewart (jstew [at] bhamrails [dot] info)

Hi all,

Yes, this is one of two bridges built over the river by Frisco to serve mines at Sipsey and across the river at an unknown location.

The second bridge was upstream a bit and is long gone. It too was a through truss.

John Stewart

www.bhamrails.info

Posted June 27, 2018, by Zachary S

Oh wow... nice catch. There's gotta be more of these scattered in the woods throughout the state that are impossible to see from satellite imagery/aerials

Posted June 27, 2018, by Zachary S

Well that's a damn shame. Too bad it's really difficult to preserve railroad-owned bridges on active lines; often nearly zero warning ahead of time and of course being a business their focus is, unfortunately but certainly understandably, on newer bridges for heavier loads and stack trains rather than historic preservation

Posted June 27, 2018, by Jacob Brown (jz524x4 [at] aol [dot] com)

This Bridge is being replaced as of 06/26/2018-06/27/2018. The original plans for the bridge show it being built in 1907. Brasfield & Gorrie was contracted to replace the bridge within the 48-hour window.

Posted June 26, 2018, by David Phillips (DD)

In the 2nd photo you can see the old smoke stacks of the Stephenson Shale and Brick co. The Cahaba River flow is going lt. to rt. I have a clear 1916 photo with cars and people on it but need help to post. (205)702-5159.

Posted May 2, 2018, by P Patterson (pdpatterson [at] charter [dot] net)

Bridge is still there. It is blocked off on both sides by fence. I drive by frequently, will try to get a photo of current condition.

Posted April 22, 2018, by Luke

1936 atlas viewable on historicaerials.com confirms it is.

Posted April 22, 2018, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anyone know if this bridge is on an old alignment of US 72?

Posted April 20, 2018, by Sam Yates (sd-yates [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As an edit of my comment of 2016. During WWII Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama was used as a training base for Black pilots for the Army Air Corps. One of the pilots, flying an AT-6 attempted to fly under this bridge. He crashed and was killed. The backseat guy was injured, but alive. One of the black employees of the B&SE RR was working at a sand and gravel pit next to the river at this point and always told of seeing this second man holding his scalp in his hands.

Posted March 17, 2018, by Kevin Green (usmarinemp [at] gmail [dot] com)

Blount County Commission voted, in the interest of public safety, to close a 0.2-mile segment of Dumas Bridge Road leading to the already-closed Dumas Bridge; the right-of-way is not to be abandoned or vacated, pending possible future replacement of the bridge.

The road is gated; however, the gate that restricting access to vehicles and foot traffic on public property appears to be privately installed. This attempts to vacate or abandon right of way to Blackburn Fork. The bridge is no longer present.

USGS stream survey property measuring flow remains unaffected.

Posted March 6, 2018, by Zachary S

Looks to have been replaced by a modern pony truss span very recently. There's just never any good news in these parts.

Posted March 6, 2018, by Zachary S

Tragically... new Google Earth update shows the spans gone, perhaps lost due to flooding, as the center pier is collapsed. Very, very unfortunate loss.

Posted March 2, 2018, by Russ Chappell (russ [at] chronologyproject [dot] com)

You say that the bridge was destroyed by fire in 1961, but it was actually the morning of June 29, 1962. You can read it at the archives of The Tuscaloosa News for 6/29/92, hosted by Google:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=XUmZziu-z7kC&dat=1962...

Posted February 26, 2018, by Michael horton (335mike [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was there today with adjacent land owners. these pictures are correct!

Posted February 25, 2018, by Zachary S

http://cullmantoday.com/2018/02/22/30-ton-big-rig-crumples-3...

Well... As much as the bridge is unfit for vehicle traffic now due to damage, the collapse is not as total as I thought. One endpost may be toast and there is significant damage toward the middle but there is a lot to salvage. That said, the county plans on demolishing it and either abandoning the short road or building a new bridge. I guess I'll contact the county and plea for a careful removal and not a total demolition, as they insist repair cost is prohibitive...

Posted February 23, 2018, by Don Morrison

The Devil in the GPS probably made him do it.

Don't be deceived by that pleasant voice coming from your favorite navigation app.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Zachary S

News articles continue to insist it's Brown's Bridge that the county is adamant on replacing soon, but I can't help but wonder if they're actually referring to the Oakman-Parrish Road truss a bit to the east, that's been closed for a decade or more. Will change this one to doomed regardless, until I can make absolutely sure.

The road department is completely broke in Walker County though and they admit that a lot of replacement and rehab projects will be on hold for a long time. That is kind of a mixed blessing I guess with multiple abandoned trusses throughout, but not so great with the maintenance needed to keep them intact. They take good care of the Country Club Road bridge, oldest in the state still open to traffic though... so far. No plans to replace that I know of, a sort of historic marker, replaced approach guardrails, and relatively new paint. A few others however have been lost in the last decade.

Several bridges are on the state chopping block, but unless things change, there may be time to save the closed and abandoned ones in Walker County while the budget demands priorities elsewhere. I hope there's community support for that.

Posted February 22, 2018, by Zachary S

Welp. Count this as another one lost to an overloaded truck. THIRTY ton, fifty three foot Dollar General truck tried to cross, leading to at least a partial collapse. This was just today so no idea what happens next but... very unlikely to salvage. WHY. WHY ARE TRUCK DRIVERS LIKE THIS. UGGGHH

Posted February 18, 2018, by Zachary S

Highly unfortunate and disappointing; never got to go see this one though it's close by. These small bridges could be moved and saved far more easily than most, but seems like unless there's a major concerted community effort, there's not even a snowball's chance in hell. Though complicated, I'm sure, in this case by having to also talk with CSX in getting it moved since it was over their line. Even though long abandoned I can't say I am surprised; these wood overpasses are being removed at a very rapid rate. This is sad, because I quite like them.

Posted February 18, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Railroads are (justifiably) merciless about removing potential obstructions to track. I hope someone kept the pieces for reuse.

Posted February 18, 2018, by Crystal Barnett (cgbarnett [at] charter [dot] net)

Sadly enough, this bridge has been completely demolished. Another beautiful piece of history gone, but never forgotten.

Posted February 13, 2018, by Zachary S

Have yet to notice an article specifically stating such, but in passing by lately I notice the bridge closed sign is gone. And as a recent newspaper photo regarding the January snow showed a recent picture of the bridge seemingly open to traffic (aside from the dicey travel days with snow and ice) with new guardrails on the approach, I'm assuming it's back open to traffic again now. Pretty good news there.

Posted February 4, 2018, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm surprised this bridge is still there. Coming off the hill on the east side into a curve, the bridge has to take a beating, especially the trucks.

Posted February 4, 2018, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update! I was there May 5, 2016.

Posted December 4, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

1974 photo

Posted December 3, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

Photos of Brushy Creek trestle taken in 1974 with train crossing.

Posted December 3, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

I've attached an article about my grandfather's death and completing railroad.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What a tragedy. These accounts really illustrate the danger in building these massive structures. Many people lost their lives building some of our favorite bridges. One must respect the labor and craftsmanship behind these structures.

Posted December 2, 2017, by Dwight Pelfrey (dwightp [at] hughes [dot] net)

My Grandfather David W Pelfrey fell to his death from the Brushy Creek viaduct during construction 8 October 1907.

Posted November 10, 2017, by Anonymous

Please post it.

Posted November 10, 2017, by Dave (DD) Phillips (julesrules4fun [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a 1916 picture of this bridge on opening day 1916

Posted October 26, 2017, by Willie Williams (gabigwill [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have some pictures of the old mill that was there originally Popes Mill later Snellgroves

Posted October 25, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice find. Iíll have to see it this winter.

Posted September 25, 2017, by Bill Robinson (modeltt [at] msn [dot] com)

This is a great back roads type bridge to explore. I cross it several times a year in my Model T. Here is a YouTube video of the old bridge in a 1926 Model T Tudor Sedan.

https://youtu.be/Q9VtPc__8aQ

Posted September 18, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

from what i read, this bridge will be a walking track. Yay!

Posted September 18, 2017, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i remember this bridge.

Posted August 30, 2017, by Mark (marktruett [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now closed.

Posted August 30, 2017, by Mark (marktruett [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I believe it is correct that this bridge was built around 1951 but the original bridge was about 50 feet upstream. The columns from the old bridge are still there. They line up with the old road that turns off to the left just before this bridge. Both fell to the south; one set is in the river and the other is buried on the far side.

Posted August 30, 2017, by Mark (marktruett [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The east end of this bridge was down in the 70's, not sure when it fell.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

I have a model railroad book, which I believe is a collection of magazine articles, which describes this bridge and gives a detailed diagram and modeling instructions using the actual bridge's measurements. I have reason to believe that the current bridge here is the third at this location, with this being the first. I also believe that there may be at least one pier or abutment still extant from the 1887 bridge on the hill alongside the current span.

Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Just as a matter of semantics, should we really list this one as lost? Yes, it was almost totally destroyed by the tornado in spectacular fashion and is perhaps worthy of being in said category, but then again, with some original piers still standing and the rest replaced by very similar replacement spans built in a very similar manner, perhaps it's better to list it as reconstructed or renovated rather than lost? The Kinzua bridge suffered a similar fate and I believe it's not listed as lost.

Posted July 7, 2017, by Kenneth Mcdonald (kennethmcdonald3393 [at] gmail [dot] com)

yes I might be able to help you on this I was born in this area and have lived up the road on 59 my entire life and my family has lived around here since the 1840s. We have always known it as Adam's Mill I am familiar with current bridge the iron bridge was supposedly built in the early 1900s and there was a wooden bridge in the area upriver went across both the metal and older bridges in the late 60s and early 70s on school bus and if I remember correctly the older bridge had no rails older wooden bridge was washed away by flooding sometimes in the 70s the road first started on old wooden bridge to the mill was dirt and called Adam's Mill road next road was the metal bridge going to the mill then current 59 bridge built later and road bypassed both the bridges old road formerly went from Mill to Bagwell's Crossroad and to the old hotel off in the woods between the mill and Bagwell's Crossroads motel burnt down in the 1980s county gave back land to former owners now is private property last time we went down it before it got closed to the public there was an old barn a livery stable right across from the motel location still standing in the curve there used to be another mill in this area on Dale County 67 called Preston's Mill and another at Brown's Crossroads on 27 one of my great grandfather's owned he supposedly lost it in a poker game and burnt it down he was found dead a little down the road with a whiskey bottle of kerosene who knows family history there used to be an old concrete dam under the old 27 river bridge that blew out in 1920s near the new bridge parts of the old dam are near the new bridge old millstone was stolen recently sadly you can contact me at this email or my wife's elizabeth.belflower@gmail.com if you would like me to look into my family history about this ask around about this I will try to see what I can find out for you

Posted July 5, 2017, by Zachary S

I noticed it was closed, and to be frank, I am SO glad it's because an idiot broke some railings and crashed into the creek and not because they are trying to replace it, like they have with the vast majority in this county. The articles make it sound like the county really wants to repair it and keep it open which is terrific, but they need the funds for a new guardrail.

Now if only some jackass doesn't come in with a blowtorch and tear beams off for scrap metal while it's closed like I'm told they did on Smith Chapel Road...

Posted June 27, 2017, by Sandy Parker (parker959575 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Eastern Valley Road Bridge in McCalla, AL was repaired a couple of years ago. The traffic count now (2017) is very high as Easter Valley Rd remains the primary detour route of I-59/20. Thank you for your hard work!

Posted June 18, 2017, by James Edward Daugherty (doddy404 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have pictures of the last train to cross this structure, it was a CSX engine with a bright future paint scheme pulling a long line of cars, I am trying to find info on exact date and what the engine name and # was, as well as the engineer at the time.

Posted June 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Some idiot drove off this bridge... damaged the railing and maybe more...

http://mountaineagle.com/stories/historic-one-lane-bridge-cl...

Posted June 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just love the Log "Headache Bar" that looks like it should have a sign hanging down proclaiming "Welcome to Camp Wanna Hocka Loogi!"

I presume they feel that any vehicle taller than that is too heavy to cross.

Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Available:

http://opelikaobserver.com/2017/05/announcement-of-availabil...

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVAILABILITY OF

HISTORIC BRIDGE

May 25, 2017

Lee County in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposes the replacement of a bridge that has been determined to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.† For various reasons, the bridge is not planned to be preserved in place.† The bridge is located on Lee Road 014 over Choctafaula Creek in Lee County, Alabama.

As stipulated in section 123(f)(4) of the surface Transportation Act of 1987 and the Memorandum of Agreement with the Alabama Historical Commission, Lee County is announcing the availability of this bridge.† The structure will be donated to the appropriate recipients and Lee County, FHWA and ALDOT will pay the expense of moving the bridge and associated reestablishment costs up to the expense of bridge demolition.† For this service the recipient will agree to preserve the historical integrity of the bridge and to properly maintain the structure.

The bridge is a one-lane metal Warren Pony Truss bridge constructed in 1930.† Presently the bridge has a National Bridge inventory System Sufficiency Rating of 21.9.† The bridge is rated as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.† The structure is 80 feet in length and carries one lane of traffic with a lane width of 12.0 feet.

Any potential recipient interested in further information concerning acquisition of this bridge, please provide a written request within 14 days of the placement of the advertisement to:

Joey Hundley

Special Projects

Coordinator

Lee County

PO Box 1007

Opelika, AL 36803-1007

Legal run 5/31/17, 6/7/17, 6/14/17 & 6/21/17

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.