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Johnsey Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken by James Baughn

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BH Photo #100032

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Probably built by the Canton Bridge Co.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss bridge over Blackwater Creek on Johnsey Bridge Road
Location
Walker County, Alabama
Status
Replaced in 2009 by a pony truss bridge
History
Built 1900, replaced by a new bridge in 2009
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pin-connected, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 126.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.91866, -87.34451   (decimal degrees)
33°55'07" N, 87°20'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/468154/3753190 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manchester
Inventory numbers
AL 3 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10194 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Added 1900 build date as per archived local newspaper report
  • July 2, 2013: New photo from Zachary S
  • May 21, 2011: New photo from Ben Tate
  • May 20, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: Replaced in 2009 by pony truss. It can be seen under construction on the street view.
  • June 16, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • August 8, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

Comments 

Johnsey Bridge
Posted May 15, 2013, by Zachary S

I suppose I took this bridge for granted; we drove over it numerous times, each time with the comment that it didn't look that structurally stable with vehicles crossing it. I remember when the road was closed for seemingly aeons while they replaced it, but I never knew just how old and important the old bridge was. It even survived being in the path of a powerful, deadly, nearly mile-wide F3 tornado in 2002, its path clearly evident by all the shredded trees still visible all up and down the creek at the bridge. No idea how it survived that since it was in rough shape even before the tornado and it got a direct hit from winds twice as strong as that which destroyed most of the Kinzua viaduct in PA the following year (I assume major structural differences, a very low and spacious profile offering very little save for the deck for the wind to grab onto, and non-rusted bolts). I'll rummage through some old family photos as I'm sure we have pictures, the bridge being a hotspot for viewing very severe flooding when the creek rose after heavy rains - which it does rather frequently. We have a home video from c.1990, right before I was born, of an especially extreme flood at the bridge; however, I don't know if that video still survives in playable condition. If so I'll try to find it one day and get it digtitized.