4 votes

Cahaba River Bridge


From northbound Crescent

Photo taken by Zachary S in July 2016


BH Photo #358083



Two-span concrete deck arch, long abandoned and partially covered in kudzu. Not in 1992 NBI or attached to any current roads. Best view is from Bing Maps.

Discovered rather unconventionally: On the northbound Amtrak Crescent. The train passes less than 200 feet to the west of the bridge, which can be very easily seen, if you're quick to look.


Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cahaba River on Abandoned road
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
- Prison Laborers
Closed-spandrel arch
Also called
Lovick Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.55527, -86.61418   (decimal degrees)
33°33'19" N, 86°36'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/535814/3712913 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 62964 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2021: New photos from Adam Key
  • November 10, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • July 10, 2016: New photo from Zachary S
  • September 10, 2014: Added by Zachary S


  • Luke
  • Zachary S
  • Adam Key - adamkey2009 [at] gmail [dot] com


Cahaba River Bridge
Posted January 22, 2019, by Glyn (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was this bridge part of the Bankhead highway?

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted June 26, 2018, by David Phillips (DD)

In the 2nd photo you can see the old smoke stacks of the Stephenson Shale and Brick co. The Cahaba River flow is going lt. to rt. I have a clear 1916 photo with cars and people on it but need help to post. (205)702-5159.

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted November 10, 2017, by Anonymous

Please post it.

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted November 10, 2017, by Dave (DD) Phillips (julesrules4fun [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a 1916 picture of this bridge on opening day 1916

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted August 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

more history on this bridge would be nice.

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

great find!

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted July 15, 2016, by Anthony (ant_1_1999 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow! I saw this bridge last year in October, while headed to DC on Amtrak. I was wondering about its origin. Great looking!!!!

Cahaba River Bridge
Posted September 11, 2014, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Great find!!