Rating:
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Old Alexander Bridge

Photos 

Angled View of Bridge

Photo taken by James Adorno Fall 2006

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BH Photo #113868

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge formerly over West Chickamauga Creek on Alexander Bridge Road
Location
Walker County, Georgia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1901; stone abutments date to 1897; bridge rehabilitated 1971; closed to vehicular traffic 2009, relocated to park in Walker County
Builder
- Converse Bridge Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Design
Riveted Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 77.1 ft.
Total length: 77.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.87501, -85.28642   (decimal degrees)
34°52'30" N, 85°17'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/656612/3860521 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Ridge
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
310
Inventory numbers
NRHP 66000274 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 12532 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 3, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • June 30, 2018: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • June 17, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 24, 2018: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Fixed location: According to the USGS, this bridge is in Catoosa County, GA
  • January 14, 2017: New photos from Ben Tate
  • February 3, 2016: Updated by Ben Tate: Relocated to Walker County
  • July 26, 2015: New photos from Andy Peters
  • December 25, 2011: New photos from Eddie Douthitt
  • December 24, 2011: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Reopened to traffic after replacement with new truss structure
  • July 11, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is to be replaced with truss span relocating.
  • September 19, 2010: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park NHRP designation
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Updated coordinates
  • June 28, 2009: Updated by Eddie Douthitt
  • April 29, 2008: New photos from James Adorno

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Comments 

Old New Alexander Bridge
Posted June 19, 2020, by David Kuhns (naturesguy [at] NaturesGuy [dot] com)

The new one looks like the old one. It is (1) in Catoosa County, not Walker County, (2) is a one-lane bridge (northbound must yield, Southbound coming out of the park has a severe left turn after crossing the truss bridge, to go over another bridge).

It crosses over the West Chickamauga Creek at the Southeast entrance to #ChickamaugaNationalMilitaryPark, the largest Civil War military park in the U.S. National Park System. The first Alexander('s) Bridge was the site of some of the first fighting in the Battle of Chickamauga, mid-Sept. 1863. Signs around the bridge talk about the skirmish there. The new bridge includes stones from Fort Sheridan (on the south side).

Old New Alexander Bridge
Posted June 19, 2020, by David Kuhns (naturesguy [at] NaturesGuy [dot] com)

The new one looks like the old one. It is (1) in Catoosa County, not Walker County, (2) is a one-lane bridge (northbound must yield, Southbound coming out of the park has a severe left turn after crossing the truss bridge, to go over another bridge).

It crosses over the West Chickamauga Creek at the Southeast entrance to #ChickamaugaNationalMilitaryPark, the largest Civil War military park in the U.S. National Park System. The first Alexander('s) Bridge was the site of some of the first fighting in the Battle of Chickamauga, mid-Sept. 1863. Signs around the bridge talk about the skirmish there. The new bridge includes stones from Fort Sheridan (on the south side).

Alexander Bridge
Posted July 8, 2017, by Zachary S

Relocated safely to a park AND replaced by a decent looking modern pony truss. If an old truss absolutely must go from its original site and another historic bridge can't be used as a replacement, you can't ask for a much better outcome.

Alexander's Bridge
Posted July 15, 2009, by Rob

The bridge is only closed to motorized vehicles. Pedestrians and bicycles are still allowed on it.