Clement C. Clay Bridge

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Clement C. Clay Bridge
CC Clay Bridge, April 2004. 1931 span in the foreground.
Carries US 231
Crosses Tennessee River
Locale Huntsville
Official name CC Clay Bridge
Other name(s) Whitesburg Bridge
Named for Clement C. Clay
Preceded by Whites Ferry
Design Cantilever truss
Opened 1931

The Clement C. Clay Bridge (CC Clay Bridge or Whitesburg Bridge) are two bridges that span the Tennessee River just south of Huntsville in northern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. Both bridges are cantilever truss types. The original bridge span was built in 1931 replacing Whites Ferry which crossed the river at nearby Ditto's Landing. The second span was constructed in 1965. Upon completion, the newer span carried southbound traffic while the original span carried northbound traffic. The Clay bridge was named after former Alabama Governor and Senator Clement Comer Clay.

The 1931 span was replaced by a reinforced concrete structure, which opened in June 2006. Demolition of the original span began on August 16, 2006.[1]

The bridge carries US-231 and hidden route SR-53 between the Huntsville Metropolitan Area and the Decatur Metropolitan Area. Before the 1952 extension of US-231, the bridge carried SR-38. North of the bridge, US-231 is known as Memorial Parkway.


  1. ^ NewChannel 19 Newsroom (August 16, 2006). "Part of Whitesburg Bridge Comes Down". WHNT Huntsville, Alabama. Retrieved 2006-08-16. 

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Coordinates: 34°34′34″N 86°34′01″W / 34.576°N 86.567°W / 34.576; -86.567