It was a blackish coloured metal girder bridge with flat metal sides/parapets supported by brickwork. I seem to remember that it was covered by an advert, but not sure. I think it was taken down when the A43 Towcester bypass was built. It may have been before as it was an accident blackspot because the junction from the Greens Norton road ( which was then where the tidy tip entrance is now) was obscured by it when travelling north up the A5. For many years one of the famous Black Widow 'Keep death off the roads' posters was prominently displayed on a billboard next to it.
An interesting article in BRJ No.76, about Bridge 12 over the A5, the Lucas Bridge.
In the early postwar years, (assuming WW2), so late 1940's, early 1950's, the bridge was RAISED to increase headroom, which had been insufficient despite a dip in the road. I wonder what the original headroom was, and what was it raised to ?? Was this done to accommodate the new Routemaster buses which were 14' 5" tall?
Herewith a view of the Lucas bridge at Towcester - probably taken on the same occasion as the one already posted, but showing all of the bridge (from the railway). Date 29.4.1956
Would you agree that the track does not look level from the platforms to the bridge?
I like the INDIA TYRES advert to the side of the bridge.
The bridge abutments look very new, especially the left hand side pair.
I can't quite make out the first advertising poster.
All the brickwork for the abutments and retaining walls on either side were of blue brick. I do not recall seeing any red bricks in this structure. Any ironwork for the advertising boards was grey. The girders on the bridge were black.