Information from the updated Georgia Historic Bridge Survey (GHBS):
The bridge carries a 4 lane city street/state highway over a service road and two tracks of the CSX Railroad (former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad) at the south end of the central business district in Quitman. The Quitman Historic District is bounded by the railroad and US 221, but the district boundaries were specifically drawn to exclude the bridge, which in 1982 when it was listed was outside the 1859-1932 period of significance. Construction of the bridge approaches in 1938 required the removal of a city park to "accommodate state highway standards and increased traffic flow."
Summary of Significance:
The 6-span steel stringer overpass with earth-filled approach ramps was built in 1938 as one of the many WPA-funded grade crossing elimination projects in the state. The bridge is a standard design with no technologically significant details or features, but it is located contiguous to the Quitman Historic District. When the district was listed in 1982, the bridge was not old enough to be evaluated as contributing, but it is now. The overpass is a prominent feature in the town that developed in response to the railroad, and it is a contributing element to the district themes of transportation and community development. Since the bridge is now of historic age, it is recommended that the district nomination be amended to include the bridge as a contributing resource.