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General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge


West Approach

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in July 2010


BH Photo #169437

Street Views 


This bridge spans the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Which includes the Mobile River, the Middle River, The Tensaw River, Mifflin Lake and Big Lizard creek.


Through arch bridge over Mobile River on I-65
Mobile County, Alabama, and Baldwin County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Built 1978
- Expressway Constructors of Saraland, Alabama (Contractor & Erector)
- Gamble's Inc. of Montgomery, Alabama (Fabricator)
- Harris Structural Steel Co. of South Plainfield, New Jersey (Fabricator)
- High Steel Structures, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Fabricator)
- Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff Corporation of Kansas City, Kansas (Design)
- Vogt & Contant SW Corp. of Little Rock, Arkansas (Erector)
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 799.9 ft.
Total length: 32,100.0 ft. (6.1 mi.)
Deck width: 39.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.91412, -87.96366   (decimal degrees)
30°54'51" N, 87°57'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/407919/3420482 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
The Basin
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
AL 12321 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 45604 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 80.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2020: New photo from Kathryn Weigel
  • May 3, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • March 15, 2015: New Street View added by Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 28, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • July 8, 2010: Added by Nathan Morton


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke


General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge
Posted August 21, 2015, by Vincent George (vigeo5 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Known to the locals as The Dolly Parton Bridge. It is said that Dolly has quite a laugh when told of the bridge named for her endowments. www.safespanllc.com

General W.K. Wilson, Jr. Bridge
Posted April 3, 2011, by Keith Marks (prophesytothewind [at] gmail [dot] com)

What is the height (vertical clearance) of this bridge? I've been over it many hundreds of times but have not been able to find that info. I am mainly interested because I want to compare the height to the Cochrane bridge in Mobile.