Photo taken by Ben Tate in July 2011
BH Photo #205714
Nathan the lift points can be on the ends but it isn't recommended but you can use the upper and lower lift points on each end if you know what you're doing.
Highways used to use cables for guardrails, anytime I have seen rings like these on a bridge I assume that is what they were for. If they were lift points for a crane pick, wouldn't they be on top? The railings would have to be precast if that was the case too.
Jim,sounds good to me what you're saying.
PERHAPS THE HIGHWAY ENGINEER AND THE BRIDGE ENGINEER WERE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE. THERE COULD BE VARIOUS REASONS NOT ALL OF WHICH HAVE TO BE LOGICAL.
Jim,if that is the reason for the eyebolts then why isn't there guide/guard rails installed?
THE EYEBOLTS IN THE END OF THE BRIDGE RAIL SEEM TO BE FOR ATTACHING AN APPROACH GUIDE / GUARD RAIL. ONE THAT HAS BEEN REMOVED OR NEVER WAS BUILT.
Thanks,Luke.I'm familiar with what you call lift points being that I worked in a refinery and also warehouses where I used chains and couplings for lifting.Just didn't think they would leave them in the concrete now that I think about it.
Can anyone tell me why there are metal rings in the concrete in picture #6?Do they serve any purpose?
Might be the bridge on the far north end of this road that's slated for replacement instead of this one. Not entirely sure.
News articles continue to insist it's Brown's Bridge that the county is adamant on replacing soon, but I can't help but wonder if they're actually referring to the Oakman-Parrish Road truss a bit to the east, that's been closed for a decade or more. Will change this one to doomed regardless, until I can make absolutely sure.
The road department is completely broke in Walker County though and they admit that a lot of replacement and rehab projects will be on hold for a long time. That is kind of a mixed blessing I guess with multiple abandoned trusses throughout, but not so great with the maintenance needed to keep them intact. They take good care of the Country Club Road bridge, oldest in the state still open to traffic though... so far. No plans to replace that I know of, a sort of historic marker, replaced approach guardrails, and relatively new paint. A few others however have been lost in the last decade.
Several bridges are on the state chopping block, but unless things change, there may be time to save the closed and abandoned ones in Walker County while the budget demands priorities elsewhere. I hope there's community support for that.
I'm not positive where it is, but there is a Brown's Bridge also scheduled for replacement along with the Smith Chapel road bridge. I can't find location information so I won't change the status of this bridge yet.