Photo taken by Ben Tate in July 2011
BH Photo #205714
News articles continue to insist it's Brown's Bridge that the county is adamant on replacing soon, but I can't help but wonder if they're actually referring to the Oakman-Parrish Road truss a bit to the east, that's been closed for a decade or more. Will change this one to doomed regardless, until I can make absolutely sure.
The road department is completely broke in Walker County though and they admit that a lot of replacement and rehab projects will be on hold for a long time. That is kind of a mixed blessing I guess with multiple abandoned trusses throughout, but not so great with the maintenance needed to keep them intact. They take good care of the Country Club Road bridge, oldest in the state still open to traffic though... so far. No plans to replace that I know of, a sort of historic marker, replaced approach guardrails, and relatively new paint. A few others however have been lost in the last decade.
Several bridges are on the state chopping block, but unless things change, there may be time to save the closed and abandoned ones in Walker County while the budget demands priorities elsewhere. I hope there's community support for that.
I'm not positive where it is, but there is a Brown's Bridge also scheduled for replacement along with the Smith Chapel road bridge. I can't find location information so I won't change the status of this bridge yet.