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C.C. Clay Bridge (Northbound)


The replacement slab

The historic truss is gone, replaced by the flat slab. The old bridge was a constant source of complaints for being too narrow and too dangerous. It carried the northbound traffic of US 231.

A near-twin was built next to the original, that is extant and carries the southbound lanes of US 231/AL 53. Photos of that bridge follow.

The replacement was built between the historic truss bridges and currently carries the northbound lanes.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in November 2007

BH Photo #109695



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A section of the Clement C. Clay Bridge crossing the Tennessee River at Huntsville, AL is blown and dropped into the river on August 31, 2006 about 10:30 am. If I can get there next Thursday, I will get a video of another section being demo'ed. UPDATE: The video is now available... Bridge Demolition, Part 2

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Bridge Demolition, Part 2

Another section of the Clay Bridge is brought down on 9-7-06... Be sure to see Part 1, also...

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Lost through truss bridge over Tennessee River on US 231/AL 53 in Huntsville
Huntsville, Morgan County, Alabama, and Madison County, Alabama
Demolished and replaced
Built 1931; Replaced 2006
Cantilevered Warren through truss
4 Warren through truss spans
Length of largest span: 288.1 ft.
Total length: 1,852.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Also called
Whitesburg Bridge
Tennessee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.57659, -86.56597   (decimal degrees)
34°34'36" N, 86°33'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/539809/3826175 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
AL 916 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2012: New video from Ben Tate
  • June 23, 2012: Updated by Ben Tate: created separate page for extant 1965 southbound bridge
  • July 18, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Updated Status: Replaced 2006
  • January 15, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • January 26, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning



Tennessee River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2008, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Well, I guess that Mr. Manning got to the bridge before I did. Oh well! Here are the pictures that I took of the bridge. I also remember crossing the old (northbound 231) bridge. It was torn down in 2006 I think. I got good pictures of the remaining truss (southbound 231) bridge because I ran up to the approach to the bridge and took the pictures when there was a break in the traffic. I do not advise anyone to do what I did, however!

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.