Don Drennen Overpass

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Don Drennen Overpass in May 2006.

The Don Drennen Overpass or Ensley viaduct is a 1,590 foot long, steel-span viaduct over the Birmingham Southern Railroad Yard in the Ensley community of northwest Birmingham. It bisects the abandoned TCI Ensley Works and currently carries traffic for Alabama State Highway 269.

The bridge angles from 20th Street Ensley across the tracks to Sherman Heights. The elevated road deck is 1,590 feet long, while the approaches bring the total project length to 2,826 feet.

Construction was divided into three phases: preparation of approach ramps and abutments, installation of the steel bridge structure, and pouring of the concrete bridge deck. W.C. Howton Contracting won the bids for design and construction of the $1 million overpass. The first phase was completed in May 1952, with the bridge opening to traffic in 1954.

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