Edmund Pettus Bridge
The Edmund Pettus Bridge, perhaps, is the most famous (or infamous) bridge in Alabama history to this day. The bridge is the site of the historic civil rights conflicts known as the Selma to Montgomery Marches and "Bloody Sunday."
Photo taken by James McCray
Request this photo
BH Photo #125729
John Lewis' Final Ride Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge
July 26, 2020
This steel through arch bridge over the Alabama River in Selma would be notable, even if nothing particular had happened on it. The honeycomb pattern of its superstructure is distinctive, as are the open spandrel concrete approach spans. This bridge retains excellent historic integrity. The mainline of US 80 has been rerouted around Selma, leaving Business US 80 on the original alignment across the bridge.
On March 7, 1965 civil rights marchers including (later Congressman) John Lewis, en route on US 80 to the state capitol in Montgomery, were met brutally at the bridge, in what has become known as "Bloody Sunday".
The bridge has now been recognized as a National Historic Landmark, and Bloody Sunday is one of the more significant events in American history to happen on a bridge.
- Steel through arch bridge over Alabama River on Business US 80 in Selma
- Selma, Dallas County, Alabama
- Open to traffic
- Built 1940; site of "Bloody Sunday" March 7, 1965
- - Hensen K. Stevenson (Design)
- T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro, North Carolina (Contractor)
- Steel through arch, with open spandrel concrete deck arch approach spans
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 1,248.1 ft.
Deck width: 42.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 2013
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +32.40547, -87.01864 (decimal degrees)
32°24'20" N, 87°01'07" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/498247/3585380 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
- Inventory numbers
- AL 2273 (Alabama bridge number)
NRHP 13000281 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10106 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of January 2017)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- July 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added description and video
- July 22, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Contractor
- March 9, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added designer.
- July 16, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
- October 12, 2008: New photos from James McCray