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Browns Bridge

Browns Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 12, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Browns Bridge Road (GA-369) Over Lake Lanier (Chattahoochee River)
Location
Rural: Forsyth County, Georgia and Hall County, Georgia: United States
Structure Type
Metal Continuous 20 Panel Rivet-Connected Modified Warren (Subdivided) Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1955 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Patchen and Zimmerman of Augusta Georgia

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1999
Main Span Length
327 Feet (99.6 Meters)
Structure Length
1,372 Feet (418.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
23.6 Feet (7.19 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s) and 5 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
11700220

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced in 2021.

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This bridge is the larger 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.

The combined length of just the truss spans of this bridge is 1,176 feet.

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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