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Bridge Street Bridge

Old McCaysville Bridge

Bridge Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: August 5, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Bridge Street (Old GA-5) Over Toccoa River (Ococee River)
McCaysville: Fannin County, Georgia: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
150 Feet (45.7 Meters)
Structure Length
181 Feet (55.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
17.7 Feet (5.39 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This attractive bridge is an excellent example of a camelback truss. Although this bridge has riveted connections, the bridge's truss shape follows the classic shape of a camelback truss that had been used with pin-connected truss bridges in the years before rivet-connected truss bridges like this one became common. That shape involves the five slopes of the top chord, with the section parallel to the bottom chord being the longest section. 

Otherwise, the bridge is traditionally composed for a bridge built in the first couple decades of the 20th Century. The bridge appears to retain excellent structural and historic integrity overall.

The National Bridge Inventory gives a 1928 construction date for this bridge. Other sources give a 1911 construction date. Further, a rehabilitation date of 1935 is provided in the National Bridge Inventory. Further, a 1936 concrete t-beam bridge is present only 200 feet away from this bridge. If the truss bridge was built in  1928, it would have only been eight years old when this "replacement" t-beam was constructed and only seven years old when the 1935 rehabilitation was performed. On that basis, the 1928 construction seems like it could be incorrect since it would be odd to have a second bridge built so so after the truss was built and equally odd to have to rehabilitate a seven year old bridge. 


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