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Bridgeport Railroad Walking Bridge

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Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in December 2008

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Description 

The existing masonry piers and abutments, originally constructed in 1851, have been modified over the years. The superstructure was destroyed and rebuilt twice during the Civil War. Five of the existing deck truss spans were reconstructed in 1887, and the other four spans were reconstructed in 1900. Center trusses were added to each span in 1930 to increase the load capacity. Several of the stone foundations have been strengthened while others are the originals.

Facts 

Overview
Walking bridge, converted from a former L & N Railroad deck truss bridge
Location
Bridgeport, Jackson County, Alabama
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Served as the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis (later L&N) Railroad's main line from Nashville to Atlanta
Design
Nine span pin-connected Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Total length: 1,470.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.95293, -85.70257   (decimal degrees)
34°57'11" N, 85°42'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/618463/3868591 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Bridgeport
Inventory number
BH 38442 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway", "Louisville & Nashville Railroad", "Railroad"
  • May 12, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • December 12, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Civil War"
  • March 1, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added location
  • January 2, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: http://www.csx.com/
  • December 28, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Zachary S