This bridge features two main through truss spans that feature partially subdivided Warren truss configuration that has the tendency to trick casual viewers into thinking the bridge is a Baltimore truss. The truss configuration appears to be uncommon nationwide. The truss spans are largely composed of rolled beams, with the top chord and end post being built up (back-to-back channels with cover plate and lattice). The two truss spans are flanked on each side by two deck plate girder approach spans.
This bridge is located in a region where there are literally no historic bridges, or very close to it. Old bridges in the area have either been demolished or never existed. Any that remain have no heritage value. As such, this bridge, which does have heritage value, stands out as a very significant bridge locally.
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Russell Wells contacted HistoricBridges.org and provided the following additional information about this and the history of area highway bridges:
Below is an old photo of the original crossing for US 82 that once ran parallel to this span. It's from about 1961, from when Lake George was being built, and it was just the Chattahoochee River. The photo shows construction of the
four-lane causeway that would be built over the lake, thus necessitating the original truss bridge's removal. In Eufaula, Alabama there is a dead-end street called Beams Drive. This is where US 82 once ran.
You can see that the railroad bridge itself was originally the Chattahoochee alignment, and they kept the elevated part of the railroad and made it into a causeway without disturbing its path.
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