Tombigbee River Swing Bridge
Columbus Swing Bridge
View from the Columbus (East) side of the Tombigbee River (Old Channel).
Photo taken by John Cross in December 2009
BH Photo #150556
The Columbus swing bridge contractor was S.J. Riley. The bonding company, Hartford Accident and Idemnity Company, completed the bridge in 1927 after S.J. Riley was killed during bridge construction.
The bridge was converted to one-lane traffic in 1989 following an underwater bridge inspection. The swing bridge was closed to vehicles in 1991 when a new bridge was built adjacent to this one.
FROM HAER REPORT:
The bridge is 604' long, consisting of eight reinforced concrete girder spans, two 90' pony steel trusses, and one steel swing truss span. The spans rest on concrete piers. The bridge carries two ten foot traffic lanes and a three foot pedestrian walkway on the North side. The driving surface was timber with an asphalt overlay.
The swing span operated manually with a capstan. Operating the capstan turned the swing span ninety degrees to the roadway and created an opening for river traffic to pass through. River traffic had died out at the time the bridge was built and the anticipated renewal never materialized. It is believed that the swing span was never used other than the testing required for project completion.
- Swing Bridge over Tombigbee River on Old 82/Island Road West side of Columbus
- Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi
- Open to pedestrians only
- Built 1927; Converted to a one-lane bridge in 1989; Bypassed by a new bridge, closed to vehicles in 1991, restored for pedestrian opening 2013
- - Hartford Accident & Idemnity Co.
- S.J. Riley of Columbus, Mississippi
- Center 202' riveted steel Camelback through truss turn span, two 90' riveted steel Warren pony truss approach spans and eight reinforced concrete girder approach spans.
Length of largest span: 202.0 ft.
Total length: 686.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1988
- Also called
- Columbus Bridge
Columbus Swing Bridge
Jackson Road Bridge
Terry W. Brown Memorial Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +33.49337, -88.43425 (decimal degrees)
33°29'36" N, 88°26'03" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/366763/3706904 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Columbus South
- 166 ft. above sea level
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 88002396 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 43727 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- January 12, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
- September 30, 2014: New photos from Zachary S
- December 2, 2013: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
- November 27, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted reopening to pedestrians
- August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
- May 27, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added name and HAER details
- June 14, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
- May 24, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Added bridge details
- December 9, 2009: Updated by John Cross: New Listing, NRHP info, photos, and information
- John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com
- C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
- HAER - HAER MISS,44-COLUM,24- Tombigbee River Bridge, Spanning Tombigbee River at State Highway 182, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS
- From youtube - A two minute walk across the unrestored bridge
- Douglas Butler
- Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
- Bill Eichelberger
- Zachary S
- HAER MS-13 - Tombigbee River Bridge, Spanning Tombigbee River at State Highway 182, Columbus, Lowndes County, MS