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Locust Fork Warrior River Bridge

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Description 

This is not an extremely historic bridge; it is a fairly modern highway bridge to be honest. However, it passes the 50-year threshold, and it appears to be a haunched deck plate girder bridge, which is sometimes worth adding when old or interesting. The piers also look older than the current bridge and may date back to an earlier bridge, probably a truss of some sort. This may explain the odd deck girder arrangement, trying to fit the piers.

Facts 

Overview
Girder bridge over Locust Fork Warrior River on US 78
Location
Jefferson County, Alabama
Status
Closed currently being dismantled
History
Built 1962
Design
Haunched deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 582.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.70403, -86.99152   (decimal degrees)
33°42'15" N, 86°59'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/500786/3729340 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brookside
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
9,305
Inventory numbers
AL 7627 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 64701 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 15, 2014: New Street View added by Zachary S

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Locust Fork Warrior River Bridge
Posted May 9, 2021, by Russell W. (rwells2265 [at] gmail [dot] com)

*Burt Reynolds

Locust Fork Warrior River Bridge
Posted May 9, 2021, by Russell W. (rwells2265 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was built as a parallel to the original truss bridge, part of an early '60s four-laning of then US 78. Piers also date to 1962. It's taken a real beating over the years.

The 1980 eastbound bridge replaced the old '30s-era truss bridge after it collapsed in a truck mishap on December 2, 1977.

The collapsed portion of that bridge was immortalized in Bert Reynolds' river jump scene in the 1978 movie "Hooper."

[article from the 12/03/1977 Anniston Star]