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Posted March 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to the historic bridge inventory the bridge of unknown construction date (ca. 1905) was moved to this location in 1924 where it rests on 1868 abutments. A concrete pier and steel stringer approach span were added due to the length of the relocated bridge being shorter.

Posted March 10, 2014, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

anyone searching for this bridge......I highly recommend a vehicle that does NOT sit close to the ground like a truck or a bike or something. I ran across this one night while I was in my Saturn. There are many ruts and bumps!!!

Posted March 9, 2014, by Stephen Taylor (taylorstephenk [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge belongs to the Kansas City Southern railroad, not the UP. It was just replaced, by the way.

Posted March 9, 2014, by Rob Brock (k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Looks as if this bridge is soon to be doomed.

Posted March 9, 2014, by (johntlukasiewicz [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted March 9, 2014, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have an extremely hard time believing that this bridge was built in 1970 as the NBI says. Maybe 30's, but not 1970. Nope. Not going to take it.

Posted March 9, 2014, by Bridgeman Bob (bobsclark [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice bridge Mr. McCray,

However, you need to turn the multi-shot mode off on your camera as you have posted many pictures here that are essentially identical. This is something I have seen in most of the bridges you have posted pics to. Please take a few minutes to go through your photos to weed out the duplicates instead of just dumping the whole lot onto the site.

Thank you!

Posted March 9, 2014, by Bill Eichelberger


Posted March 9, 2014, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Found this awesome bridge today. On Google Maps it has it lined as an actual road although it is really a private driveway. The mystery though, is the bridge in its original location? Looking at historical Google Earth imagery it looks like the road goes on past the house it ends at today. However, it is not listed on the NBI, not even the 1992 version. I could not get any info from the owners, so anyone have any idea?

Posted March 9, 2014, by Adam
Posted March 9, 2014, by Anonymous

The "G" got lonely there in Michigan. It and some others in the state decided to hang out with the other G's on the West Coast. It's a G thang baby.

Posted March 9, 2014, by Nathan (nrbrandli [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You have the name should be "Cheboygan Bascule Bridge".

Response to Fmiser
Posted March 9, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks! One night I'll figure out how to get them off my phone and post them. Don't expect photographic artistry, just documentation.


Art S.

to Art S. regarding posting photos
Posted March 8, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Welcome! And don't worry, posting photos is really pretty easy.

The first step is to login.

Then, on each bridge page, under the bridge name, is a yellow square with red text "Upload photos". Click on this button.

A page will open that has a stack of upload entries like at the bottom of the comment post page. Fill these in and click "Update >>"

The photos are then uploaded, scaled to 1600x1200 pixels, and then you are presented with a page with thumbnails of all the photos and text entry fields.

This is where you get to Title and Caption the photos. Please do! It takes a bit of time to do it, but makes the photos much more useful - and search engines can find it better. Be sure to consider "Credit" (who took the picture), "Link" (useful if there is a higher resolution copy somewhere else, for example), and "License".

I encourage you to license the photos with something more generous than "all rights reserved". Unless you deliberately specify otherwise, any photo you take is "all rights reserved" - which means legally I can't even download a copy. Something like "CC BY-NC-SA" would allow others to share copies (but not sell them), edit them, but would have to always mention that you were the creator.

The curved red arrows on the right end of the top photo will copy that field to all the other photos on the page.

Once it's all good, click "Save changes >> " at the bottom of the page.

And that's it! If you choose to not bother with the "Title", "Caption", "License" fields it's not really much more involved than attaching photos to a post. But I'll again plea for at least "Title".

Posted March 8, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an odd bridge! It almost can't be called a bridge as one side doesn't seem to be spanning anything. And I think it's the only pin-connected girder bridge know of. The A-frames are pin-connected and are supporting the girder.

I'd sure like to get a closer look and seem some engineering details.

Posted March 8, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

This bridge is a few miles west of the Crosswicks Creek, Dean and Westbrook, Phoenix column through truss bridge. The bridge is not pin connected so I suspect it was newly built in 1924.

Posted March 8, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

This bridge is about 2 miles east of the Phoenix column Crosswicks Creek through truss bridge. The compression members look good but the tension members are distorted. The feet are encased in concrete. Each floor beam is supported from below so the truss is no longer functional. I'll post pictures some time in the future.


Art S.

Posted March 8, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Visited this bridge today. When I figure out how to post pictures, I'll put them up - don't hold your breath. It is a standard Dean and Westbrook / Phoenix bridge. The bridge sits in a in a natural setting with no homes visible. Only the pavement and modern guardrails give away the era.

Although the paint is shot and there are a couple nicks in the beams, they are otherwise in great shape, no pack rust, or pitting. The same cannot be said for the tension members. Although they are original, they are bent and loose, one is broken. Looking over the side shows the original structure has been substantially reenforced by a modern structure with modern floor beams spaced evenly between the originals. I suspect there is a whole modern structure supporting the road and the truss is now decorative.


Art S.

Posted March 8, 2014, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

that tree will be the downfall of this bridge, that is exactly why the Half Acre Bridge in Christian county has one it's spans collapsed.

Posted March 8, 2014, by Globetrotter

I've been over both bridges at 70MPH; the old bridge was a lot more fun! Supposedly it was used for bungee jumping, but since the new bridge is higher, it would be better for that.

Posted March 8, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Congratulations to Art Sukewer for winning the bid on this bridge from Armstrong County. I didn't see that coming, we wanted this bridge and are extremely fortunate that Armstrong County preserved it.

It's tough in this business to make the right decisions. After three years Nels Raynor and I bid on this bridge on behalf of NSRGA/W'B, with both of our signatures signifying that we had the financial and technical experience to find a home for a bowstring.

We had hoped to restore and be able to figure out real costs and installation for this bridge as a real example and a potential revenue stream for bridge preservation. This would help us market to more diverse places with real prices, schedules and help with funding.

We move on. Nels has joined the board of NSRGA and we have a lot of projects in the planning stage, construction phases and waiting to work stages.

Posted March 7, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Isn't there a similar bridge with Phoenix columns?

Posted March 7, 2014, by Robert Brock (k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I took the 5 mile off road trek up to Quincy to check on this bridge today. Sad to say it is very much gone, the Eastern abutment is still intact but the western side of the bridge the abutment is all crumbled down to the river.

Sudbury River Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted March 6, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Historic Bridge Inventory information for this fascinating and highly unusual bridge is attached.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 2,468,110 bytes)

Depot Street Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted March 6, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Town Meeting time -

Two sets of townspeople to decide...

Posted March 6, 2014, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

After some researching I noticed that this bridge was posted for the wrong bridge.....there are two through trusses in this county and this is the westernmost one. The other, to the east, is also a King Bridge, but has not been added yet, but was posted incorrectly as the Loosveldt Bridge. I am doing this right now.

Posted March 6, 2014, by M. Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just left the site. It doesn't look good, it might make it through the night. However, with more rain in the forecast it might not make it through the weekend.

Posted March 6, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Hopefully they are smart and get a couple big cranes out here QUICK and pick this bridge before it becomes fish food. I would hate to see the plans to preserve this bridge destroyed because of this substructure problem.

Posted March 6, 2014, by Rebecca (rgburrow [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted March 6, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I discovered this tunnel thanks to Google Maps. I do not know the local name for the tunnel. I just named this entry after a local landmark. If someone knows the original name, or the name used by locals, then please correct it.

Posted March 6, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

According to the NRHP nomination form the builder is unknown. I have added a link to the form on this page.

Posted March 5, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It would appear that this is an earlier photo of this bridge:

Lucien Bridge (Mississippi)
Posted March 5, 2014, by Dedrick (wooDedrickWooten [dot] art79 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I spent some time on McAll Creek in Lucian, Ms., when I was a kid. . . I especially loved the old Bridge of Mcall Creek.... We would build fires down on the creek side and camp for days .. I love this place!!!

National Bridge Inventory 2013 Data Now Available
Posted March 5, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

For anyone who is interested, FHWA has released the 2013 National Bridge Inventory data files:

Posted March 5, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I accidentally deleted the other one. I clicked the link thinking it was to this page. I sincerely apologize for the mistake.

Posted March 5, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have "walked" the old grade using Google Earth's "Ground Level View". The cuts at either end of this tunnel are still very clear. Based on Ground Level View, it looks as though the cuts were never filled in when the railroad bored the new tunnel in the early 1950s to the south of this one.

The tunnel itself does not show up on Ground Level View, but tunnel portals don't seem to be visible in Ground Level View. Therefore, this feature does not reveal the status of the tunnel, but it does indicate that the area may not have been reworked much since the tunnel was abandoned.

Posted March 5, 2014, by Fraa Orolo (fraa [dot] orolo [at] outlook [dot] com)

This bridge is used as the bridge to "Noble's Hollow" in the TV series "Justified".

Posted March 5, 2014, by Fraa Orolo (fraa [dot] orolo [at] outlook [dot] com)

This bridge is used for the bridge to "Noble's Hollow" on the tv series "Justified".

Posted March 5, 2014, by Jacob P. Bernard (jacob_bernard [at] yahoo [dot] com)
Posted March 5, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Miss Sheridan, assuming the bridge still exists and with the qualifications you mentioned, being either in S KCMO or KCK, small (one span), and with some sort of mosaic underneath, could it be this?

Posted March 4, 2014, by Sabrina Sheridan (boneses [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have something to ask a little off topic from the picture: I used to live in KCMO near Grandview, when I was in high school. I remember travelling to either S. KCMO or KCK. There was this totally awesome bridge that looked like it had mosaic on the underside of it. It was a small arch bridge, sorta in the ghetto. I cannot find any info on it anywhere. Do you happen to know what I'm referring to?

Posted March 4, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This has ended up being a rare success story, as this bridge is to be relocated and preserved for pedestrian use. The new location will be at coordinates 39.99415 -76.84986, or near 2480 West Canal Road, Dover, PA 17315 and should be completed this summer.

Posted March 4, 2014, by Robert Brock (k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I will know more on this bridge by the end of this week including length and some more photos.

Posted March 4, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

At the end of the Oscars "In Memoriam" segment you may have seen the name Sarah Jones. She was a camera assistant killed a couple of weeks ago during a shoot on this bridge.

There's a good reason the railroads make it a point to keep people off their property. Be safe.

Lost E&I trestle spanning Eel River
Posted March 4, 2014, by Anna Rees (cutlelilscavenger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

With regard to the record for this bridge:

Here is a photo of the old rail bridge and track prior to its demolition. My mom found this pic that my dad took of it in around 1978. If you deem this picture to be site-worthy, please upload it to the entry for the E&I trestle. My dad's name is John Hoff, should you like to credit him for the photo.

Posted March 4, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They are World Guide to Covered Bridges (WGCB) inventory numbers.

Isenberg Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted March 4, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Posted March 4, 2014, by Anonymous

Folks, I suspect that George might be a computer. He/It has been posting the same exact comment verbatim (punctuation and spacing included) on multiple entries in Pennsylvania.

He/It even mentions the status of bridges for which he/it is asking the status.

Posted March 4, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this structurally deficient bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Posted March 4, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this r.r. bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Posted March 4, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this structurally deficient lost bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Posted March 3, 2014, by W W Wilhurst (wwwilhurst [at] mail [dot] com)

With the new Whitewater park being built by the city of Siloam Springs the bridge is being replaced. I drove out to it on 28 February, 2014. All the side railing was gone, as was about half of the deck, starting from the north end.

Though a bit childish I suppose, being as it was getting late and no one else was around, and knowing few would have the chance again, I walked out as far as the deck extended and performed the (mostly) male ritual of urinating over the side. (certainly not the first time in the bridge's 100+ year life, but perhaps the last.)

Info on a bridge that no longer exists
Posted March 3, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on what people have told you, and a quick perusing of the Library of Congress data PDF of the bridge in Mount Union, your home was built on the remains of a bridge that was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad

The bridge was most likely removed around 1905-6 when the PRR rebuilt on a new alignment that is still in use today.

Posted March 3, 2014, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a duplicate. Original page:

Info on a bridge that no longer exists in central Pennsylvania
Posted March 3, 2014, by Ben (loveb788 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are 2 pictures of the existing bridge pier. my email address is



Info on a bridge that no longer exists in central Pennsylvania
Posted March 3, 2014, by Ben (loveb788 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would really appreciate any help in finding some information, or even better, a photograph of a bridge that no longer exists in Mount Union Pa. My parents house is actually built into the remaining pier of this bridge. The pier is a part of the deck, and foundation for the home. The house has been in my family for around 60 years, and we have always been told that the bridge was used for hauling ore across the Juniata River, to the Pennsylvania canal and loaded onto barges.. I searched as much of the internet as I could to find something on this bridge, and have come up with nothing.

Posted March 2, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is coming down this weekend. Old Soo Line structure near here over I-35E coming down at some point too.

Posted March 2, 2014, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There seems to be some confusion to the locations of the listed Flint River Relief Bridges on old US Hwy 431 south of Hunsville, AL. There are actually three relief bridges with three different lengths according to the NBI. However, when I was looking at the bridge listings, I noticed that one of the relief bridges was totally missing and its respective NBI posting was listed for the wrong bridge. This is totally understandable, due to the fact there are so many Flint River Relief Bridges and they all seem to share the same info. Two of the relief bridges I had to correct. The first one I had to add since it was the "missing" one ( This one has the length of 292' and is the longest of the three relief bridges. The listing that was posted for this bridge was for a bridge that is 89' in length and I made a request delete. The second relief bridge did not have a listing and I noticed that its respective NBI posting was actually the listing for the 89' bridge. I readded this bridge from the NBI. I, also, to make things easier, added the terms Southern Unit, Lower Northern Unit, and Upper Northern Unit to the bridges' names to make things easier. The third relief bridge listing was located in its correct spot so I did not do anything to this one except changed its name to "Upper Northern Unit."

Posted March 2, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

FEMA funding in place for scour abutment repairs -

Posted March 1, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

He does.

I also found a swing bridge on the same RR in Queens.

Posted March 1, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Hi Luke ... I know you are online.

Upload the wiki image as you have in the past.

I am sure Douglas has a drawing. If not he will certainly be inspired to do so. Actually looking forward to it.

Posted March 1, 2014, by RMH (lenicor51 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The temporary bridge over the Great Miami River at Harrison Avenue *is* the structure that collapsed during a high water stage when struck by a large log/tree floating down the river. Two people were killed.

Posted March 1, 2014, by Nathan (nrbrandli [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It appears that bridge name should have the designation of "Avenue" instead of "Street".

Posted March 1, 2014, by Kit Worley (kitworley [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes, this information is wrong and the page needs to be deleted.

Posted March 1, 2014, by Kit Worley (kitworley [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Contractor finished blasting / painting and "swung" back over San Gabriel River on 2/25/14 without any problems. Will start bridge and approach stringers next then wood flooring.

Could have complete on or before mid April.

Looking forward to big dedication. Check Apache Pass Facebook page for more bridge information.

Posted March 1, 2014, by Randy Higgins (randy [at] cyberback [dot] com)

I went by the bridge on the morning of March 1, 2014, to take some pictures and discovered the bridge had been burned. Looks to me like vandalism.

Posted March 1, 2014, by NE2 (neroute2 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Posted March 1, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Posted March 1, 2014, by ben of the marsh

pardon moi about the idiots in the background in the video.

Posted March 1, 2014, by ben of the marsh
Posted March 1, 2014, by Reba Cannon (rfay1945 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, I just found this site. So great to read all the post of people crossing this Great bridge. I am in the middle of writing my third book and wanted to know the history of it. Thank you all and to those who had kin folks who worked on it. And I too have had some great rides over it. My family came from Arkansas. And when I was just about 2 1/2 years old we went to Michigan for the first time. Of course I don't recall that first trip. But I sure do the many times we did. We had gone to Michigan because my father had heard that there was many jobs available. My father was a farmer and a great carpenter. At first he and my mom did work on farms. But they wanted to buy their own farm. They also found out that it was hard to save money to go back to see their families. So They saved their money and Dad found job at a steal foundry. He worked there till he retired. When I was just 5 years old they found their small 10 acres farm. We started making trips every year. We always had to wait till school was out and the crops planted. By this time Dad had earned a weeks vacation each year. And we always crossed this bridge. Dad had a dream of going to every state in the union. He and mom almost made that dream, but Dad started having heart problems. So now I too have that dream. But I only have two more states to go. I will fulfill his dream for both of us. But about this bridge, I was never afraid to ride across it. But I did fear of being the driver. So I was able to take pictures after I was married and ask my husband the first year to take be back and to see my grandmother and cousins. We would leave right after Dad got off work. Most times we would drive all night. As a kid I had never stayed in motel. We couldn't afford it. Most of us would be asleep and as soon as we got to Cairo my dad would pull off the road and let us get out of the car for a few min. To make sure we were awake. I remember sometimes we would sing as we crossed. My Dad was also a preacher and we would sing church songs most of the time. My mom loved the one called. When We Agentt to Heaven. And we all loved we'll Fly Away. Dad would joke some about that one. I remember the first time I heard him do that. We had to go down once when it was winter. Mom was very worried because of the ice. Well Dad was ready for her. He said let's sing. Mom ask how he could sing when it was so bad. He said that he would say a prayer. He stop the car and had all of us join hands. He said a prayer and then he started to sing. I'll Fly Away. Mom ask him why he sang that one first. He said, "Well if something should happen we would be on our flight to Heaven. After we got across that morning and snow still coming down. He pulled off the road as soon as he could and ask us to then join hands and he Thanked God for seeing us safely across and to be with others crossed as well. And the most amazing thing he said Amen..The clouds went away and the Sun came out, the snow had stopped. A car pulled in behind us and ask us if we were OK. Dad said yes, he was just thanking God for our safe trip Across. The man in the car ask my Dad would say one for him and his family too. Dad told him he would, ask him why he didn't do it himself. The man said they had never gone to church and didn't know how. Dad told him it was easy, just talk to God the same as he talked to him. The man and family followed us until we found a place to have breakfast. To our amazement this man again pulled in next to us and ask if our family would join him and his family to eat. We did. He ask Dad if he would teach him to pray. Dad went back to our car and brought him one of the bibles we always carried with us. Dad was not good at spelling or writfio. But he open it up to a blank page in the back of the bible. He had my mom write down his name and our address and phone number. Then he hadt her list places in the bible that would help him learn to pray and more information. After we ate and was ready to leave, Dad gave him the bible and ask him to stay in touch. The man ask where we lived and where we went to church. Dad had that also written down in the book. It was about 3 years latter we had a car come to our house..At first we did not know who it was. It was this same man and family. They had just moved close by but had never forgotten us. Dad had given him that bible that day. And the man had become a member of the church where they had lived. He ask us if we would take them to church that Sunday. We met them on Sunday. After the sermon that day this man and his wife came forward and ask if Dad would baptize them. How proud my Dad to do this. They became very good friends and all of us kids with Thiers. And although he and his wife are gone and my mom and dad are also. Their oldest son are still good friends to this day. Every time I crossed that bridge I think about that time. And I still say a prayer before going across and also after we get across. But never after that did I ever feared it. I have always loved going across any bridges. The longer and higher the better. It is not often the song " I'll Fly Away" is not going thru my mind. To me it was sad when the new bridge was built...but knew it was done out of need. One time Dad went across the Ohio's bridge then turned around and came back and we continued on our way home. My mom ask why he wasted gas to do such a thing. He said " you know I just wanted to say I had been in that state. That one never knew if they would ever get the chance again. And the first time I took my husband there I had him do it again. As each of our children got old enough we. did it for them. We all loved the bridge. And still do

. And our oldest son drives trucks and he has some great stories to tell to. He says that it is just as bad from the truck drivers too. He says his fear is not of his own driving but from the cars and them loosing control. He says he didn't think he could live with being involved in someone being hurt or killed by his truck on that bridge. So every one slow makes it safer for all. I have never walked this bridge, but I have walked the Mac. Bridge from lower to upper Michigan. If you have a love for bridges you should do this. They have the walk on labor day. They have buses take you over then your car is there when you get across. The year we walked it there was a lady that was over 100 years old that was right ahead of us. She told the news that she had walked it every hear from when it was built. Her family had a wheel char for her. She would walk a short ways then sit and rest. But she made them let her walk it all. It was great to see her. Being there the moment she crossed the finish line a big cheer went up for her. I will never forget that day. Yeah to big bridges and long ones. So those of you who fear this great bridge that crosses the river that holds so much history of our nation..say a prayer before you cross over. You will be surprised you will find that God is with you all the way.

Posted February 28, 2014, by Damen

Photos of this bridge have been hard to come by. But I did see various articles in Google News archives from the Lawrence Journal-World. Apparently, it was so unsafe for commercial vehicles by 1965, that kids were dropped off, and had to walk over the bridge between buses.

Posted February 28, 2014, by Anonymous

The streetview reveals everything you need to know about Austin traffic...

Posted February 28, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is now not a SINGLE surviving pin-connected highway truss bridge in the entire state of Maine! Shameful!

Posted February 28, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was prominently featured in the movie "Carnival of Souls" shortly before being demolished.

Posted February 28, 2014, by donna d. (wildapple7 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Gone! Brought down yesterday, Feb 27th. Good article in both The Daily Bulldog and The Morning Sentinel. Watched it go, rather sad.

Posted February 27, 2014, by Ryan Trullinger

I also read this bridge is doomed, not a good scenario. Yeah I can see why it could be an issue on a foggy day. Also I can see an issue with wide farm equipment not being able pass over it. But there has to be a better plan, like build a modern bridge to one side or the other, or better yet an modern bridge built across the river on the next section road, either west or east. Just my 2 worth.

Posted February 27, 2014, by Anonymous the Athenian (anonymous [at] athens [dot] net)

Do not mistake it for a MOB

Even if you are a bridge snob

The thumbnail is quite misleading

To preserve the bridge we are pleading

For this bridge is not a MOB

Posted February 26, 2014, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This attractive pedestrian bridge is now endangered, if not doomed, because it does not comply with ADA.

Posted February 26, 2014, by Sven (ekemann [at] hotmail [dot] com)

is the replacement bridge in place and passable?

Posted February 26, 2014, by Larry Cody (Lcody [at] mindspring [dot] com)

The Bankhead Tunnel was originally a toll tunnel, with toll booths on the eastern side of the tunnel at the Mobile Bay Causeway. In one of the few instances I'm aware of, Alabama DOT eliminated the tolls once the bonds were paid and in the late 1960s, the tolls ceased. Shortly thereafter, the toll plaza itself was torn down and removed.

On another note, this tunnel had recessed metal doors which could be deployed to seal the tunnel during storms. My last recollection of their use was in 1979, to prevent tunnel flooding during Hurricane Frederick.

Posted February 26, 2014, by Larry Cody (Lcody [at] mindspring [dot] com)

My father operated the Site Service Station just east of the Tensaw River span. During the 1960s, the five segment truss bridge was a single span with one lane in each direction. During these years, the center span was a lift section, with crossbars and signal lights for stopping traffic during lifting operations similar to the Cochran Bridge. My recollection is that when the concrete westbound span was built in the 1970s, the original center truss lift segment was decommissioned and the bridge master's house removed. From that point on, the eastbound spans became a five segment truss without center lift capability.

Posted February 26, 2014, by bendboy


Posted February 26, 2014, by Matt Lohry

A car drove off of this bridge early this morning and crashed onto a basketball court down below:

Posted February 26, 2014, by Hal (cryan1488 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is now closed to all traffic. Both ends are blocked by a pile of gravel and dirt. Also, one end has a pole welded across it.

Posted February 26, 2014, by Kelly Tucker (ktucker [at] csh [dot] msstate [dot] edu)

I viewed this bridge on 02/22/2014 and noted the padlock is still in place. I noted that the bridge crosses about from southeast to northwest. All of the rails on the northwest side are gone but I did find the railbed. The railroad still serves two companies in Sterlington (Angus Chemicals and one other site). The trestle leading to the bridge is right along the side of the road that runs next to the river.

Posted February 26, 2014, by Tim Reilly (silverhawkti [at] gmail [dot] com)

The 1893 rebuild (which recently was lost) was a George S. Morison project. HAER #NE-2 has a section on the bridge as well as a nice set of drawings of a number of Morison rail bridges.

Posted February 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth

Attached is a PDF with a Historic Survey Report for this bridge. Detailed information included. Editors with more time than I have can feel free to merge into the listing.

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Posted February 25, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

The more I thought about it I realized I too have had overcrossings here renamed even when the county roads website where they list their projects calls them overcrossings.

Whatever turns them on I guess ...

Posted February 25, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I found some plans online that states that "The existing Bridge bascule span over the New River (Bridge No. SX1013.8) is to be salvaged by careful disassembly of the bascule span into transportable components (by barge and/or truck) for the purpose of assembly at a new location in Park owned by the City of Fort Lauderdale." If this transpires, this would be an amazing and almost unheard of situation where a railroad bridge being replaced was preserved by relocation!

Posted February 25, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The pictures show a 1999 bridge that replaced another concrete arch built in 1913. This replacement is a nice piece of engineering and looks great.

I think there should be another page for the 1913-1998 bridge.

Posted February 25, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've read an article that the bridge piers had been sinking in the river or something like that. Thats what mainly caused the railroad bridge upstream to get washed out. So a new I-64 bridge across a river of this size should out to be a signature bridge. Doubt that will happen.

Posted February 25, 2014, by Marc (mrscotti [at] dot [dot] state [dot] ny [dot] us)


I had the same problem with a guy changing all the stuff I put up. One night it was so bad that he changed an entry four times before I even finished the page. Since I work night shift much of the year, it's easy to come up with a short list of contributors who're up all night, have thousands of updates, and think they know everything about everywhere. Once he figured out I was on to him, he hid his name like he did with you.

After a few weeks of it, I just gave up and erased everything. He hasn't figured a way around that yet. I suggest you do the same.

I lost your address--please drop me a private line when you get a chance.


Posted February 25, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

State Street Corporation occupies the building at the pin on the map. They currently control access via the only known tunnel entrance which is in the parking garage of the building. It is fenced and locked with human security in the parking area.

Penn Seven LLC is the listed building owner and their mail goes to DST Realty. DST is of course the financial services group started as a part of Kansas City Southern Railway. DST also has a relationship with State Street.

Too much info? State Street sometimes offers tours of the tunnel but don't count on being on the invitation list.

The tunnel itself runs mostly under city owned streets and the federal highway RoW.

Posted February 25, 2014, by Anonymous

does anybody know if george is actually a computer and not a person?please let me know.thanks.

Posted February 25, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


We try to keep this website updated as information is obtained. Please read the comments and the information on the page.

If you think the status of the bridge may have changed since the page was updated, I would recommend contacting the county in which the bridge is located. Please note that Bridgehunter is an independent website, and is not affiliated with any government agency.

Posted February 25, 2014, by Craig (ckdalrymple [at] gmail [dot] com)

Who is the current owner of this tunnel?

Posted February 25, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this structurally deficient bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Posted February 25, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this r.r.bridge?please let me know.thanks.

Posted February 25, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this structurally deficient lost bridge?please let me know.thanks.

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