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Elk River Mills Bridge

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Elk River Mills Bridge

The Decatur Daily: March 29 1955

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BH Photo #513067

Description 

Built ca. 1902 to replace an earlier structure that was destroyed in a flood. In 1935 the bridge was raised to a height of 50ft by the TVA. In March of 1955 the deck of the center span collapsed under an overweight semi. Later that year the entire structure was dismantled and replaced.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Elk River on Elk River Mills Road
Location
Limestone County, Alabama
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built ca.1902; Replaced 1955 after partial collapse.
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 507.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.84762, -87.11794   (decimal degrees)
34°50'51" N, 87°07'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/489217/3856150 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95372 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2021: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 6, 2021: Added by Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

Elk River Mills Bridge
Posted December 6, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

He definitely got lucky in that he made it to that pier. A foot or two less and he would have ended up in the river.

Elk River Mills Bridge
Posted December 6, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Yikes! I bet the truck driver got a few gray hairs out of that ordeal!