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Foley Beach Express Bridge


Foley Beach Express Bridge

View of bridge from roadway that travels underneath northern approach

Photo taken from AARoads.com

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BH Photo #472739



This modern steel stringer bridge is notable at both a state and national level as one of a dropping number of privately-owned toll bridges in the United States - where a private operator maintains the bridge and approach roadways solely with toll dollars and donations without any tax revenue or state assistance. Additionally, the Foley Beach Express Bridge is one of four such facilities within the state of Alabama - the others being the Emerald Mountain Toll Bridge, the Tuscaloosa Western Bypass Bridge, and the Alabama River Toll Bridge.

All four Alabama toll bridges are privately maintained by American Roads, LLC. Despite being under private ownership, electronic toll collection is accepted, although the transponders used (FreedomPass) were created by American Roads and not by ALDOT and therefore only work in Alabama and are not interoperable with any other toll facility.


Steel stringer bridge over Portage Creek (Intracoastal Waterway) on Foley Beach Expressway
Baldwin County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Built 2000
- American Roads, LLC
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 299.9 ft.
Total length: 1,860.0 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Also called
Baldwin & Foley Beach Toll Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.29508, -87.63155   (decimal degrees)
30°17'42" N, 87°37'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/439268/3351652 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
AL 17939 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 89409 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 93.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 25, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel


  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com