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CHAT - Columbia Railroad Bridge

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Description 

Warren through truss over the Chattahoochee River on the Chattahoochee Bay Railroad (originally CofG). Replaced a swing span located immediately downstream at some point in the 1970s based on aerial imagery. Likely built in conjunction with the 1974 replacement of the ACL bridge several miles downstream at Gordon.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss with sub-panels bridge over Chattahoochee River on Chattahoochee Bay Railroad
Location
Columbia, Houston County, Alabama, and Early County, Georgia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built mid-1970s to replace swing span immediately downstream
Railroads
- Central of Georgia Railway (CG)
- Chattahoochee Bay Railroad (CHAT)
- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Design
Warren through truss with sub-panels
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.28695, -85.09517   (decimal degrees)
31°17'13" N, 85°05'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/681315/3462969 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia
Inventory number
BH 66910 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2015: New Street View added by Ian Martin

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Comments 

CHAT - Columbia Railroad Bridge
Posted November 24, 2021, by David Hunter (omusseecreek [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The original Central of Georgia RR bridge at Columbia, AL was completed in 1889. It was a swing bridge built by an Atlanta bridge contractor. In 1972, construction was started on a new railroad bridge at Columbia. The new RR bridge was several yards upstream from the old 1889 bridge. The replacement bridge was completed in 1973 and the 1889 RR bridge was then removed. The new bridge was built higher than the old bridge, eliminating the need for a swing bridge. The 1973 bridge is still in service. The old 1889 bridge approach on the Alabama side is still visible. The Google map photo posted on your site showing two white inserted arrows was where the old wagon bridge was located. It was completed in 1897 by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, OH. In your Google photo, you can see the three cylinders cut off about three feet above the water line. The cylinders once supported the swing span for the 1897 iron wagon bridge.