Historic Alabama: Construction over the river

Blount Bros. Construction built the bridge that spans the Alabama River


This 1954 photo shows construction of the bridge over the Alabama River for the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 31 between Montgomery and Prattville. Blount Bros. Construction Co. built the bridge, with Todd Shipyards in Houston, Texas, fabricating the girders. The girders were delivered in sections by rail to Hunter Station, just south of the river. They were then carried by truck to the bridge site. At the time, the 220-foot steel deck girders for the main span of the bridge were the longest the Alabama State Highway Department had ever designed and built. Photo courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives & History.

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This photo appeared in the November 2022 issue of Business Alabama.

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