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Broad Street Bridge Over Lane Street


Photo taken by Amber Rhea in July 2016

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #358541


Street View 


Information from the updated Georgia Historic Bridge Survey (GHBS):

The bridge carries two lanes of traffic and two sidewalks over a two lane city street in Manchester near the former Callaway textile mill. The bridge is in a NR eligible district of mill worker housing. The bridge was constructed at the same time as the former bridge over the railroad, just to the south.

State Route (SR) 85 was added to the state highway system ca. 1937. Improvements (i.e., some bridges, grading, paving) began in the late 1930s and early 1940s, were interrupted by WW II, and were completed from ca. 1947 to 1951.

This skewed, three-span, simply-supported steel stringer bridge (1 @ 44', 1 @ 65', 1 @ 28') with 36" beams was built in 1941 as part of the grade crossing elimination of the railroad to the south. This bridge was constructed to help achieve the desired clearance over the tracks. Pedestrian access from the well preserved ca. 1910 workers houses neighborhood was addressed by incorporating stairs into the design. The bridge relates to the rich industrial/residential history of Manchester. It is a contributing resource to a large eligible historic district with significance through WW II.


Steel stringer bridge over Lane Street on State Route 85/Broad Street
Manchester, Meriwether County, Georgia
Open to traffic
Future prospects
GDOT Project CSBRG-0007-00(044) / P.I. #0007044, proposed to replace the bridge, is in the early stages of development, as of July 2016. The project is currently undergoing the process of environmental review. Because this is a NR eligible bridge, alternatives to avoid demolition will be investigated, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. If demolition cannot be avoided, mitigation measures will be undertaken. A similar bridge along SR 85 that crosses the railroad was replaced in 2013 and utilizes context-sensitive design.
Steel stringer bridge built 1941 by the State Highway Department
- State Highway Department
Steel stringer
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 137.0 ft.
Deck width: 42.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.85419, -84.61064   (decimal degrees)
32°51'15" N, 84°36'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/723597/3637652 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 72795 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2019: New photos from Amber Rhea
  • December 7, 2017: Updated by Amber Rhea: updated description to clarify that the info is from the GHBS
  • July 14, 2016: New Street View added by Amber Rhea


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