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CSX - Alabama River Bridge


Taken from Hwy 31

Photo taken by Ben Tate in July 2011


BH Photo #266969

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Vertical Lift Parker through truss bridge over Alabama River on CSX Railroad
Autauga County, Alabama, and Montgomery County, Alabama
Open to traffic
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Pin-connected, 13-panel Parker through truss vertical lift span with plate girder approaches
Total length: 1,795.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.40761, -86.41642   (decimal degrees)
32°24'27" N, 86°24'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/554877/3585767 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 58085 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 15, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added truss type & categories "13-panel truss", "Alabama River"
  • September 23, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 21, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
  • September 20, 2013: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "CSX Railroad", "Pin-connected", "Navigable waterway", "Railroad"


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler


CSX - Alabama River Bridge
Posted January 7, 2017, by Jerry L Brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Was definitely the Big Bayou Canot in 1993.

Amtrak's worst accident [47 lives lost, I believe].

CSX Alabama River Bridge
Posted May 2, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

I don't believe that it's Big Bayou Canot. I've heard stories of this indecent happening but, I cannot find any records to validate them. It would explain what appears to be a support for a swing.

CSX Alabama River Bridge
Posted April 27, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)
CSX Alabama River Bridge
Posted April 27, 2016, by Tim Colquett (tcolquettjr [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would appear this bridge was originally a swing span, the three southern supports being part of the original swing (center support of the three being the pivot). Apparently, in the 70's or 80's, part of a load either hit the bridge or the span was weak and the train derailed, fell off the swing span and into the river. The accident rendered the swing scrap and a new deck was built over the old swing supports and a new lift installed (the current lift in place). I cannot find any information on this, any insight would be appreciated.