HEY CENTRAL ALABAMA FOLKS. I've noticed the rapid decline in the number of historic truss bridges in Walker county as of late; Johnsey and Ripley Cutoff bridges have been demolished in just the last five years, and there are MANY more truss bridges on the 1992 NBI than exist today. Thus, I feel it's important to start a campaign to raise public awareness and DOT recognition of the few we have left. Talk to me here or at my email address so we can get started.
As I'm a rather proficient writer, it was my plan to write the transportation authorities - and whoever owns other bridges in the county besides the state - to ask for public consideration and historical society offers before removing the few we have left. Not that it will do any good, just a couple of people, but it's a start. I also am planning on writing an article for the Daily Mountain Eagle (if, of course, they will allow me to do so, ahaha) highlighting the need to preserve our historic bridges. Furthermore, at least this one, perhaps others, are very much candidates for NRHP; while that doesn't guarantee protection, it's another good step, and I ask those who know better than I how to start negotiations for that designation to help me to do, if appropriate.
Frankly, even if they do remove them soon (likely) we might be able to convince them to at least offer to sell the old bridges to parks that want them, if any indeed are willing; wouldn't these old truss bridges look much better spanning a creek on a walkway or bike trail than as scrap metal?
Back off, Tony!! We got our own way of spellin' down here in Alabama. Ha ha!!
You gotta love that sign in pic #11!!!
"Alabama's oldest in contentious use"
Contentious | Define Contentious at Dictionary.com
dictionary.reference.com/browse/contentiousSharetending to argument or strife; quarrelsome: a contentious crew. 2. causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues. 3.
Does this mean they have been arguing over the bridge since the day it was built? lol
Wonderful Historic Bridge.. But is it safe to drive over?? I've seen large trucks crossing over this bridge myself..