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Flint River Swing Bridge


Flint River Railroad Swing Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2011


BH Photo #223045


Street Views 


Information from the updated Georgia Historic Bridge Survey (GHBS):

The bridge carries one railroad track (FG&A , then SAL and now CSX RR) over a discontinued local street in a small state park on the south/east bank of the Flint River in Bainbridge. With a mid-road bent, the roadway divides to pass under the bridge. The bridge is an approach for a 1913 swing span railroad bridge over the river. There are fixed highway span bridges up and down stream, and the swing span is not longer operated. It does, however, service an active rail line. This bridge is part of the south 15-span approach to the swing span over the river. There are fixed spans upstream and downstream of this bridge and another swing span railroad bridge upstream .7 mile.

The "bridge" included in the NBIS database consists of spans 10 and 11of the 15-span reinforced concrete slab south approach to a riveted Parker thru truss rim-bearing swing span. The overall length is 1,483'. There are built-up stringer approach spans on both sides of the swing span, and the north approach consists of 30 all- timber unit stringer spans. The pivot pier and end piers for the swing span are built up circular caissons. The slab spans are supported on 4-column concrete bents, and each 15'-long span provides a 14'-wide roadway for one-directional traffic. There are no railings. The swing span is sealed, and operating machinery that could be removed has been. The swing span is inoperable, but the truss bridge is not altered.


Warren truss swing bridge over Flint River on CSX Railroad in Bainbridge
Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia
Open to traffic
Built 1913, altered 1932
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Family Lines System (FL)
- Florida, Gulf, & Atlantic Railroad (FG&A)
- Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL)
- Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL)
- Seaboard System Railroad (SBD)
Swing bridge with polygonal top chord and Warren truss.
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 1,483.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.90693, -84.58353   (decimal degrees)
30°54'25" N, 84°35'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/730947/3421790 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1998)
Inventory numbers
GA 08750520 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12547 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 1999)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2018: Updated by Amber Rhea: Added NR eligibility
  • January 8, 2012: New photos from C Hanchey
  • December 6, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed to correct river name as per forum post and verification.
  • April 2, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View and Corrected GPS.



Flint River Swing Bridge
Posted February 15, 2013, by Nathan Holth

Lindsay, nice reflection shot, thanks for sharing!

Flint River Swing Bridge
Posted February 15, 2013, by Lindsay

Turned out beautiful! Wanted to share.

Seminole River Bridge
Posted December 5, 2011, by Goldest of Eagles (thegoldestofeagles [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the Flint River in Bainbridge just northeast of Lake Seminole.