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Broad Avenue Bridge


Photo From GDOT Transportation Explorer

BH Photo #194497


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Concrete arch bridge over Flint River on Broad Avenue in Albany
Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia
First Main span came down 1-11-2013
Built 1920
- Praytor, Howton & Wood
3 Open spandrel concrete deck arch main spans and eight closed spandrel deck arch spans.
Length of largest span: 99.7 ft.
Total length: 776.9 ft.
Deck width: 31.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Flint River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.57690, -84.14728   (decimal degrees)
31°34'37" N, 84°08'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/770735/3497070 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Albany West
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
GA 09500510 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2013)
Sufficiency rating: 8.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 27, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Flint River (Georgia)"
  • January 21, 2012: New photos from C Hanchey
  • December 1, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: changed status
  • March 1, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • April 2, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is doomed. Added Street View, coordinates, and bridge info



Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted January 12, 2013, by James Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)


Video of first main arch span coming down.... Sad.

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted March 6, 2012, by Christopher (christopher_fullerton [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Already nearly 900 people from Albany and across the nation have signed an online petition to promote the re-purposing of this Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. This option, which is both practical and feasible, follows similar successes in Columbus and Chattanooga. A pedestrianized Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge is critical to the revitalization of historic downtown Albany and its Riverfront. The petition can be found at change.org:


Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2012, by J.P.

this bridge is seen in a scene up courageous, a recent movie released to theaters. I would post a picture but I'm pretty sure that is copyrighted material. But I double checked its 4 minutes and 48 seconds into the movie.

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted February 5, 2012, by Paul Murray (pberthoty [at] aol [dot] com)

Decomissioning Ceremony on February 11, 2012 at 11 AM by the SOWEGA Veterans Coalition which consists of both American Legion Posts 30 & 512, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2785, Marine Corps League, Air Force Sergeants Assn, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Vets Assn and Fleet Reserve. The last performance of it's type by the U.S. Marine Corps Band will be playing for the ceremony which will honor those in WWI for whom the bridge was dedicated to.

Once the new bridge is completed, it will be recomissioned with WWI dedication plaques restored. Since it will technically be a new bridge, a plaque will be added and the bridge re-dedicated to include those who served since WWI.

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted January 17, 2012, by Christopher (christopher_fullerton [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Help to promote the re-use of this Bridge -- possibly as a pedestrianized crossing! There is a new Facebook group with the aim to "Save the Broad Avenue Bridge" -- and nearly 700 fans have already voiced their support. Join the Facebook group in order to keep up with the latest news on restoring the Bridge and to learn how to help in this important effort.

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted December 1, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Note that this is one of the only historic bridges in this entire region which has nearly zero historic bridges. I recall communicating with someone about this bridge through email a while ago. Let me give you the barf bag I used then!

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted December 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sure....let's replace a beautiful open-spandrel arch with a hideous structure that looks more like an arched railroad girder.

Nathan...I need one of your barf bags!

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted December 1, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's about time that penalties start being assessed toward bridges that are allowed to deteriorate "beyond repair".

Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted December 1, 2011, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

According to the attached article, this bridge was closed to traffic on 2/12/09 after an underwater inspection revealed footing damage (need to change the bridge status). GDOT is moving forward with a replacement bridge and plans to demolish the current structure, but there is a local effort to keep the existing existing bridge for pedestrian use:


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Broad Avenue Bridge
Posted April 24, 2009, by Tony

This bridge was closed recently due to deterioration on the supports..