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O'Neal Bridge

O'Neal Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: February 24, 2021

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-72 (Lee Highway) Over Tennessee River
Sheffield and Florence: Colbert County, Alabama and Lauderdale County, Alabama: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: Virginia Bridge Company of Roanoke, Virginia and Engineer/Design: Joseph P. Trotter

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
420 Feet (128 Meters)
Structure Length
2,071 Feet (631.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
46.6 Feet (14.2 Meters)
3 Main Span(s) and 11 Approach Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This is an early surviving example of a design of continuous truss bridge unique to Alabama, and it is complimented by deck truss approach spans. The unique design features a traditional continuous truss design with towers, however at the ends of the continuous unit the truss drops below the deck level. This bridge was originally designed with an extremely unusual sidewalk that was positioned in the center of the roadway. To access this uniquely positioned sidewalk, a ramp led under the bridge and up through the center of the roadway. Sadly, this unique attraction has been removed to widen the roadway although a portion of the ramp remains in place at the south end.

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Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo showing the original sidewalk.


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