120-year-old Alabama bridge recovered

After sitting in the woods for more than 120 years, a bridge in Northport, Alabama, is being restored with the help of PB B’laster.

The bridge that allowed people to travel by horse and buggy across the Black Warrior River was found deteriorating in the woods by local resident Ken Willis.

Restoration began on the bridge by dismantling and rebuilding. Crews expected the bolts on the bridge to be very difficult to remove after 120 years of wear and rust. Willis expected to have to cut and re-fabricate all of the nuts, bolts and threaded rods. After using PB B’laster, Willis says, the screws and bolts came right out.

The Friends of Historic Northport were very happy with the ease that the original hardware was removed. Because nuts and bolts did not have to be cut, the group said that they saved more than $30,000 on the project and were able to maintain the historic integrity of the bridge.

Willis and the Friends of Historic Northport are currently working with the city to determine the bridge’s final resting place.