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Bridge Documented: August 15, 2010
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Key Facts
Bridge Name Facility Carried / Feature Intersected Location Structure Type Construction Date and Builder/Engineer
! B. B. Comer Bridge
Scottsboro Bridge
AL-35 (Southbound) Over Tennessee River Scottsboro: Jackson County, Alabama Metal Continuous Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed 1930 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Technical Facts
Main Span Length Structure Length Roadway Width Main Spans Approach Spans NBI Number
310 Feet (94.5 Meters) 2143 Feet (653.2 Meters) 19.7 Feet (6 Meters) 3 18 784

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Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

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This historic bridge is being replaced and will be demolished in 2015!

This bridge is a monumental historic truss bridge in a state with few surviving truss bridges. The bridge has main spans whose truss spans have "towers" at the piers and thus have the appearance of a cantilever truss. However, the bridge appears to function as a rigid continuous truss since no hinges are visible on the central main span. The bridge also has a four simple through truss approach spans, as well as 14 steel stringer approach spans.

Alabama has very few metal truss bridges compared to most other states. Among those that survive, the B. B. Comer Bridge is a large and beautiful example, and it is in decent condition and worthy of preservation, even if for pedestrian use next to a replacement bridge. However, this bridge is slated for demolition, a short-sighted decision on the part of Alabama. Some local opposition to demolition has been present and a Facebook page was created to advocate for preservation.

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