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Bankhead Avenue Bridge

Photos 

Angled View of Bridge

Photo taken by James Adorno in February 2008

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BH Photo #113862

Map 

Description 

Connected to Marietta St through 1991. Major highway traffic had already been rerouted via the nearby CSX underpass of North Avenue by 1954, per USGS topo map.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over CSX Railroad on Bankhead Avenue in Atlanta
Location
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Status
Closed 1991; eastern half removed in late 1990s
Future prospects
Multiple plans for use as a skyline-view retail stub fell through; removal comes up as part of urban improvement funding proposals every few years but not scheduled.
History
Built 1912
Railroad
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Skewed, riveted Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 99.7 ft.
Total length: 369.8 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.77306, -84.40715   (decimal degrees)
33°46'23" N, 84°24'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/740110/3740015 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northwest Atlanta
Elevation
990 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
1,900
Inventory numbers
GA 12151210 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12548 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2010)
Sufficiency rating: 16.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 18, 2019: Updated by Todd Vierling: some historical background and dates added
  • August 13, 2013: New Street View added by Andy Peters
  • February 7, 2010: Updated by James Gonzalski: Corrected GPS coordinates and added new photos
  • April 29, 2008: New photos from James Adorno

Sources 

Comments 

Bankhead Avenue Bridge
Posted March 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

such a shame something like this can't be preserved.

Bankhead Avenue Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Chris Ness (cness [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This bridge is currently over both the CSX and Norfolk-Southern mains. Historically it was even more confusing.

As well as through trains, the Southern Railroad (now Norfolk-Southern RR) ran to Terminal Station where they met the Central of Georgia (now NS) and the Atlanta and West Point (now CSX). The Seaboard (now CSX) had trackage rights on the Southern track from Howell Wye to Terminal Station.

The NC&StL with (and who later merged with) the L&N (both now CSX) along with with the AB&A (later AB&C, later yet Atlantic Coast Lines, all now CSX) originally passed here to Union Terminal where they met the Georgia Railroad (now CSX) coming in from the East. To confuse things further, the Seaboard also had trackage rights on the Georgia Railroad to bypass Atlanta from the East and proceed through to Terminal Station.

Approach this bridge with caution! This is Atlanta's Hooverville. Homeless residents can be aggressive!