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Bolling Bridge

Bolling Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 12, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Dawsonville Highway (GA-53) Over Lake Lanier (Chestatee River)
Location
Rural: Forsyth County, Georgia and Hall County, Georgia: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1956 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Patchen and Zimmerman of Augusta Georgia

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1999
Main Span Length
243.8 Feet (74.31 Meters)
Structure Length
800 Feet (243.84 Meters)
Roadway Width
25.6 Feet (7.8 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
11700100

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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This bridge is the smaller of two continuous through truss bridges in this area. The bridges have the appearance of cantilever trusses, however closer inspection reveals all-rigid connections with no hinges and suspended spans as are found with true cantilever trusses. A number of large bridges were built in this area to accommodate the construction of Buford Dam in 1956, which created a reservoir requiring large bridges like this one to be constructed.

Both full continuous and cantilever truss bridges are extremely rare in Georgia and so while this bridge is not an early example of its type nationwide, it has a high level of local and statewide significance as a rare example of its kind. Moreover, continuous through trusses are uncommon nationwide.

Despite the significance of this historic bridge, it is slated for demolition and replacement.

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