Don Drennen Overpass
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 now abandoned TCI Ensley Works and currently carries traffic for Alabama State Highway 269.
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.
- Whittington, George (May 16, 1952) "Avenue F underpass may open in two weeks; bids opened for Ensley project" The Birmingham News - via Birmingham Rewound
- Baker, Jerry (February 21, 2001) "Contractor built bridge to last." The Birmingham News