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Keller Memorial Bridge

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4. VIEW TO THE SOUTHWEST. FRETWORK RAILINGS ON THE DECK REFLECT THE DECORATIVE AND UTILITARIAN ASPECTS OF THE ARCHITECTURE.

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Description 

The Keller Bridge is the most elaborate of all Alabama's concrete bridges. It is one of only two bascule bridges in the state, and the only remaining one on the Tennessee River. It is named for the state's first Highway Commissioner who served between 1911 and 1925, and who was half-brother of Helen Keller. The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Tennessee River on Us 31 *
Location
Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, and Limestone County, Alabama
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1925; Rehabilitated 1964 & 1987; Demolished 1998
Builders
- Brooks & Mixon of Decatur, Alabama (1964 Rehabilitators)
- Harrington, Howard & Ash of Kansas City, Kansas & New York, New York (Consultants)
- Koss Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Arch Contractor)
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (Bascule Contractor)
- Sue-Jac, Inc. of Decatur, Alabama (1987 Rehabilitators)
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 212.0 ft.
Total length: 2,077.2 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.61333, -86.97333   (decimal degrees)
34°36'48" N, 86°58'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/502444/3830164 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Decatur
Inventory number
BH 49259 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 10, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added builders from HAER
  • November 8, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from closed to open spandrel
  • July 31, 2011: Added by Ben Tate

Sources 

  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • HAER AL-139 - Keller Memorial Bridge, Spanning Tennessee River at U.S. Highway 31, Decatur, Morgan County, AL