ALDOT Hopes to Find New Home for Historic Bridges

Thu September 05, 2019 - Southeast Edition #19
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BIN 00059 is an example of an early-twentieth century concrete slab bridge. The bridge features seven spans composed of reinforced concrete that are supported by six concrete piers and two concrete abutments.
BIN 00059 is an example of an early-twentieth century concrete slab bridge. The bridge features seven spans composed of reinforced concrete that are supported by six concrete piers and two concrete abutments.
BIN 00059 is an example of an early-twentieth century concrete slab bridge. The bridge features seven spans composed of reinforced concrete that are supported by six concrete piers and two concrete abutments. BIN 000314 is a concrete T-beam bridge constructed in 1925. The overall bridge measures 292 ft. in length and is roughly 18 ft. wide. BIN 000558 is a concrete slab bridge, constructed in 1928. The bridge features five spans composed of reinforced concrete that are supported by four concrete piers and two concrete abutments.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is planning to replace four bridges, three of which have been determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. For various reasons, preservation in place of these structures is not feasible. The bridges to be replaced are CR 242/Old Highway 431 bridges BIN 000313, BIN 000314, BIN 000558; and BIN 000559 over the Flint River in Madison County, Ala.

BIN 000558

BIN 00314 and BIN 00559 are T-beam bridges built in 1925 and 1928 respectively, and BIN 00558 is a concrete slab bridge built in 1928. These three bridges meet National Register eligibility criteria under Criterion A, in the area of transportation. They were built as part of the U.S.-241/431 section in Madison County, the initial construction of the nation's highway infrastructure.

Built to carry the future phases of interstate traffic through rural Alabama, these 1920s bridges feature uniform design with T-beam construction and arcaded balustrades. Together they represent one of the best reserved collections of same origin/function/period bridges in Alabama. They retain their collective integrity in the areas of architecture/engineering and rural setting. BIN 000313 is not considered eligible for the National Register.

BIN 000314

Pursuant to 23U.S. Code 144(g)5 National Bridge and Tunnel Inventory and Inspection Standards, and the Memorandum of Agreement with the Alabama Historical Commission and the Federal Highway Administration, ALDOT is officially announcing the availability of these three bridges to qualified organizations. The structures will be donated to appropriate recipients and the Department of Transportation will pay the expense to move the bridges or selected bridge sections thereof and associated reestablishment costs up to the expense of bridge or bridge section demolition. For this service, the receiver will agree to preserve the historical integrity of the bridge(s) and assume all future legal and financial responsibility for the historic bridge(s).

Details regarding the bridges that have received National Register eligibility is as follows:

BIN 000314

BIN 000314 is a concrete T-beam bridge constructed in 1925. The overall bridge measures 292 ft. in length and is roughly 18 ft. wide. The bridge is flanked with concrete railings featuring an arcaded balustrade and interspersed with paneled concrete posts. Situated along the east side of the road at the north approach are two mid-twentieth century wood posts that serve as guardrails.

BIN 000558

BIN 000558 is a concrete slab bridge, constructed in 1928. The bridge features five spans composed of reinforced concrete that are supported by four concrete piers and two concrete abutments. Resting atop the abutments and piers is a concrete deck paved with asphalt. Overall, the bridge measures 90 ft. in length and is roughly 18 ft. wide. The bridge is flanked with concrete railings featuring an arcaded balustrade and interspersed with paneled concrete posts. Situated along the west side of the road are a series of concrete guard posts linked together by steel cables.

BIN 00059

BIN 00059 is an example of an early-twentieth century concrete slab bridge. It has been slightly altered since its construction in 1928. The bridge features seven spans composed of reinforced concrete that are supported by six concrete piers and two concrete abutments. Resting atop the abutments and piers is a concrete deck paved with asphalt. Overall, the bridge measures 266 ft. in length and is roughly 18 ft. wide. As with the previous bridges, this bridge is flanked with concrete railings featuring an arcaded balustrade and interspersed with paneled concrete posts.