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Wilson Dam Bridge

Wilson Dam Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: February 24, 2021

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wilson Dam Road Over Tennessee River
Location
Florence: Colbert County, Alabama and Lauderdale County, Alabama: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous Deck Girder, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete Closed Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1959
Main Span Length
1,512 Feet (460.9 Meters)
Structure Length
4,962 Feet (1512.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
8 Main Span(s) and 78 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
1331700710

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Bridge Documentation

This dam, a National Historic Landmark, features highway access over it via original concrete arch spans on the dam and a 1959 high level deck plate structure over the associated locks.

This bridge also used to have a bascule girder span over the locks, which was the original highway crossing over the locks but was bypassed when the fixed high level plate girder spans over the locks were built in 1959. The bascule span was nevertheless retained for use by dam and lock workers after the high level bridge was built. However more recently this bascule span has been demolished. This span should have been left in place, even if abandoned in the raised position, especially considering the dam is a National Historic Landmark.

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Above: Historical photo showing bascule span, now demolished.

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