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Edmund Pettus Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: February 23, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-80 Business (Broad Street) Over Alabama River
Location
Selma: Dallas County, Alabama: United States
Structure Type
Metal Hingeless Solid Ribbed Through Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1940 By Builder/Contractor: T. A. Loving Company of Goldsboro, North Carolina and Nashville Bridge Company of Nashville Tennessee and Engineer/Design: Hensen K. Stevenson
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
250.0 Feet (76.2 Meters)
Structure Length
1,248.4 Feet (380.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
42.3 Feet (12.89 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 12 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
2273

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This famous bridge is famous for being the site of Bloody Sunday, however the bridge is also significant for its engineering design as well. View the National Historic Landmark nomination for a detailed discussion of the bridge's significance in association with Bloody Sunday and the Civil Rights movement. The bridge is so famous in association with these important events in American history, that its significance in terms of engineering and design is often overlooked. The bridge is in fact one of the most significant bridges in Alabama because of its design. It is both one of the most impressive steel arch and concrete arch bridges in Alabama due to the size of the bridge and relative rarity of the bridge types in Alabama. Even the approach concrete arch spans are large. The bridge is also noted for its handsome ornamental and architectural details. This includes gorgeous Art Deco railings. The historic integrity of the bridge is outstanding with no major alterations. The bridge looks much as it did when it was first constructed, and also as it appeared during Bloody Sunday. It is important that this historic integrity be maintained.

T. A. Loving Company of Goldsboro, North Carolina was the general contractor for the bridge and Nashville Bridge Company of Nashville Tennessee was the steel contractor.

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Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction. In this photo, the centering (falsework) for a concrete arch span is visible to the left. A temporary tower with cable stays (including backstays leading to this concrete arch span), is in place to hold the steel arch span, as it has not been connected yet and would not be able to support itself yet. Nashville Bridge Company is visible on the steel indicating the company's involvement with fabrication of the steel. Photo Courtesy: David L. Philyaw, T. A. Loving Company

Above: Historical postcard showing previous bridge at this location, a through truss swing bridge.

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