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Nelson Street Bridge

Photos 

View of Eastern Approach

Photo taken by James F. Gentner in February 2008

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BH Photo #139658

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete tee beam bridge over Southern Railroad on Nelson Street in Atlanta
Location
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1906
Builders
- Trussed Concrete Steel Co. of Detroit, Michigan (Design)
- W. W. Griffin of Atlanta, Georgia (Contractor)
Design
Concrete tee beam
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 74.8 ft.
Total length: 487.9 ft.
Deck width: 31.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.75215, -84.39729   (decimal degrees)
33°45'08" N, 84°23'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/741082/3737718 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northwest Atlanta
Inventory numbers
GA 12151230 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42502 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 19, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builders.
  • January 18, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 22, 2014: Updated by Don Morrison: changed gps location
  • May 2, 2009: Added by James F. Gentner

Sources 

Comments 

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted March 19, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This was an exceedingly rare surviving example of a bridge using Kahn type reinforcing, a "trussed" reinforcement that was a very unusual type of reinforcing. A historical article is attached about this bridge. Further information about Kahn can be found here. https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=i...

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 487,641 bytes)

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted March 19, 2019, by Carrie Burns (carrie [at] atlantamovietours [dot] com)

She's coming down! CIM and Stevens & Wilkinson have been working on renderings. Waiting to see the final, but based on the infrastructure and fact that it doesn't match up with the Mitchell Street Bridge for future rail line improvements it needed to be rebuilt. (Photo by Chris Hrubesh)

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted January 18, 2019, by Don Morrison

More recent information suggests that the Nelson Street bridge will be replaced for $5 million.

https://atlantaintownpaper.com/2018/09/city-reaches-agreemen...

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted January 18, 2019, by Don Morrison

To be replaced, but that's 2 years gone down:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/nelson-street-bridge-replaced...

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted January 18, 2019, by Todd Vierling (tv [at] duh [dot] org)

Background: I tried hard to find out when this closed to vehicular traffic, but cannot nail down the actual year. I drove across this many times in 1998-1999 (the first two years I lived inside the city of Atlanta). I can find evidence that it was closed by 2003 and derelict with weeds growing out of it by mid-2004.

Its status is still unclear as of this writing, as it is sometimes closed even to pedestrian traffic, and then quietly reopened again.

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted February 22, 2014, by Don Morrison

Fixed it.

Nelson Street Bridge
Posted February 22, 2014, by Ryan

The listed location is incorrect; it is actually a little further south, just south of Mitchell/MLK on Nelson where it crosses the tracks. Also, it is open to pedestrian traffic.