4 votes

KCS - Hurricane Creek Bridge


The day after the 4/27/11 F4 tornado

View this photo at theredmountainpost.com

BH Photo #205976


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Steel stringer bridge over Hurricane Creek on L&N Railroad
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Multiple spans destroyed by severe weather, those spans rebuilt
Built ca.1913; heavily damaged by an F4 tornado on April 27, 2011; reconstructed 2011 with 3 original piers remaining
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
Steel stringer
Also called
L&N - Hurricane Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.22695, -87.46900   (decimal degrees)
33°13'37" N, 87°28'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/456300/3676545 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49228 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 7, 2017: New photo from Kelly McClanahan
  • August 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed category "L&N Railroad"
  • July 28, 2011: Added by Ben Tate


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Kelly McClanahan


KCS - Hurricane Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Just as a matter of semantics, should we really list this one as lost? Yes, it was almost totally destroyed by the tornado in spectacular fashion and is perhaps worthy of being in said category, but then again, with some original piers still standing and the rest replaced by very similar replacement spans built in a very similar manner, perhaps it's better to list it as reconstructed or renovated rather than lost? The Kinzua bridge suffered a similar fate and I believe it's not listed as lost.

L&N Railroad Trestle
Posted May 1, 2013, by Zachary S

Always tragic to see a classic old steel railroad trestle - my favourite type of bridge - meet its end, but it's wonderful to see how they have restored it and put it back in use. It's like a miniature Kinzua, with more restoration. Give it a bit of rust and it will look almost as good as the original trestle, though the surrounding landscape is going to look like a war zone for decades until the forest grows back. I remember seeing the aerials the day after the tornadoes and seeing the trestle torn apart - such amazing intensity. Then again, 190mph winds will do a number on just about anything.

L&N Railroad Trestle
Posted December 13, 2011, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is almost finished being rebuilt after the April 27, 2011 F4 tornado took almost all of it out. The 3 remaining piers were used, and it appears that the rest is new. I was just going to see what the wreckage looked like. I had no idea they were that far along in its reconstruction. I've posted about 20 new photos.

L&N Railroad Trestle
Posted July 28, 2011, by Ben Tate

Here's a video that shows the bridge before and after the tornado destroyed it. It says that the new bridge will use parts of the old bridge.