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NS - West 6th Street Bridge

Photos 

Looking NW

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in October 2017

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BH Photo #408423

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned concrete tee beam bridge over West 6th Street on NS RR
Location
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Status
Partially standing P&N trestle removed NS RR has two flyover trestles above
History
Intraurban Hydroelectric Railway bridge
Builder
- Construction Foreman George Edwin Biddix
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Piedmont & Northern Railway (1911-1969) (PN)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Design
Tee beam
Dimensions
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.23330, -80.84646   (decimal degrees)
35°13'60" N, 80°50'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/513970/3898926 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charlotte East
Inventory number
BH 79184 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 13, 2021: Updated by Jill Read: Adding builder information and 2021 photos
  • November 7, 2017: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 1, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jill Read - flyingpita [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

NS - 6th Street Bridge
Posted September 18, 2021, by Jill Read (flyingpita [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm doing genealogy research and found that Grandaddy George Edwin Biddix built this bridge in 1929 while working for L. Riddle, a construction sub contractor for Southern Power. It was built for James 'Buck' Duke's Intraurban Streetcar line that ran in the 1930's from downtown Charlotte (Paw Creek) out to Gastonia and beyond.

The now closed access road bridge over West 6th Street went to Cotton Mills Village.

I visited the bridge on 9/15/21 and took these updated photos. Grandaddy was an artist with concrete. All the forms were hand made, on site, and my best calculation is that it took 4-6 months to build.