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CSX Railroad Bridge

Photos 

Photo From GDOT Transportation Explorer

BH Photo #194514

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The bridge carries a railroad track over a 4-lane highway in a setting of early to mid 20th century residences. The rail line was established in 1886-89 by the Georgia, Carolina & Northern, which was incorporated into the Seaboard Air Line in 1892, to provide a connection from its main line in the east Carolinas to Atlanta. The line was completed to a connection with the Georgia Railroad in Inman Park on the east side of Atlanta in 1892.

The 1 span, 62'-long, reinforced-concrete, elliptical, arch bridge has decorative tiles applied to the textured spandrel walls and wingwall end posts. The stylized tiles in the spandrel wall spell out "DRUID HILLS." Other architectural treatment includes the concrete parapets with stepped concrete caps and articulated posts.

The 1911 reinforced-concrete arch bridge is a technologically significant example of its type/design, dating among the six oldest reinforced-concrete arch bridges in the Georgia Historic Bridge Inventory from 1904-1911, and one of the few with architectonic treatment. The reinforced-concrete arch technology was developed in the late 1880s to 1890s, and began to spread across the U.S. in the early 20th century. Among the early promoters of the material were the railroad companies.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Ponce de Leon Ave/GA 8 on CSX Railroad
Location
Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1911
Builder
- WALKER & CHASE/J D MCGEE
Railroad
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Span length: 61.7 ft.
Total length: 61.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.77389, -84.31528   (decimal degrees)
33°46'26" N, 84°18'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/748618/3740325 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northeast Atlanta
Average daily traffic (as of 1997)
36,280
Inventory numbers
GA 08902330 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 1998)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 16, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 1, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted January 19, 2019, by Todd Vierling (tv [at] duh [dot] org)

Of note is that Ponce de Leon Ave / GA 8 / US 78 / US 23 / US 29 (this road carries a lot of routes) is a four lane arterial road, but the outer two lanes have clearance of less than 10 feet under the bridge. The bridge still gets hit regularly by trucks, and the concrete reinforcement has to be patched up periodically.