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Bankhead Highway Proctor Creek Bridge


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

The bridge has been widened, but the arch itself is among earliest in state. Association with old highway adds historic value.


The bridge caries a four-lane arterial city street/state highway and sidewalks over a stream in a mixed use area of northwest central Atlanta adjacent to the MARTA line. Commercial establishments line the roadway. Originally called Bellwood Avenue, the road was designated the Bankhead Highway by 1921. The setting has no integrity from the pre-1928 era of trail association routes. In Atlanta, the Bankhead Highway was incorporated into the original state highway system as SR 8 in 1919. The area was outside the Atlanta city limits in 1925.

Summary of Significance:

The 46' elliptical deck arch bridge with unadorned spandrel walls and wingwalls was built in 1908 by the Georgia Railway and Electric Company. It was originally 52' wide. The original pipe railings were removed when the sidewalks with modern pipe railings were added ca. 1955. The arch ranks as one of the oldest bridges in Atlanta and as such is historically significant. The road was originally Bellwood Avenue, and it was the Bankhead Highway through Atlanta. The bridge is technologically significant as an early example of an uncommon type.


Concrete arch bridge over Proctor Creek on Bankhead Highway in Atlanta
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Open to traffic
Built 1908
- Georgia Railway & Electric Co.
Reinforced Concrete
Pipe Railings
Span length: 45.9 ft.
Total length: 45.9 ft.
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.77167, -84.43000   (decimal degrees)
33°46'18" N, 84°25'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/737997/3739807 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northwest Atlanta
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
GA 12100200 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12549 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 15, 2018: Updated by Amber Rhea: Added NR eligibility info from GHBS, corrected construction date
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth