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Riverside Bridge



Photo taken Nov. 2005 by Mark Slaughter

BH Photo #100020

Street Views 


Through truss swing bridge over Coosa River (Logan Martin Lake) on US 78 at Riverside
St. Clair County, Alabama, and Talladega County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1972
Swing Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 232.0 ft.
Total length: 917.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.60255, -86.19595   (decimal degrees)
33°36'09" N, 86°11'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/574596/3718379 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
AL 10641 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10185 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 22, 2020: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 16, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • November 6, 2006: Posted photos from Mark Slaughter



Riverside Bridge
Posted March 19, 2022, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Went across this today. Sure didnít seem like 19 feet wide! 🤣

Riverside Bridge
Posted January 24, 2016, by Mandy (mshirley003 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Where did you find the newspaper article? My son is doing a school project on this bridge.

Riverside Bridge
Posted December 12, 2011, by Clarence W. Scott, Jr. (cwscott [at] centurytel [dot] net)

On June 8, 2011, I posted a note about the Riverside, Alabama, which is essentially correct. I have located a newspaper article in "The Pell City News" dated October 1, 1936 that states the bridge became toll free at noon on Tuesday, September 29, 1936. I did take the last toll. William B. Bankhead, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, was the speaker and about 1,200 people attended the ceremony. W. T. Starnes a state Senator from Pell City, Alabama had sponsored a bill freeing this bridge and 14 other bridges of their toll fees. About 1,200 attended the ceremony.

Riverside Bridge
Posted June 8, 2011, by Clarence W. Scott, Jr. (cwscott [at] centurytel [dot] net)

The bridge was a toll bridge and when sufficient money was collected to pay for the bridge the bridge became a toll free bridge. There was a big celebration when the bridge became a toll free bridge. This was about October 4, 1936. My father was a toll taker and I was allowed to take the last toll.

Riverside Bridge
Posted June 16, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I don't think this bridge functions as a swing bridge any longer. There are no lights or barricades for when the bridge is open, and I do not see any protective barricades in the water to protect the bridge while in the open position.