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Dumas Bridge Road Bridge


Dumas Bridge

Photo taken by R H Mewbourn in August 2011

BH Photo #233422



Pony truss bridge over Blackburn Fork on Dumas Bridge Road
Blount County, Alabama
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1942
Warren pony truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 76.1 ft.
Total length: 95.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.86075, -86.44563   (decimal degrees)
33°51'39" N, 86°26'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/551278/3746854 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
AL 2738 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36040 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 17, 2012: Updated by Ben Tate: corrected location
  • June 16, 2012: New photos from R H Mewbourn


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Dumas Bridge Road Bridge
Posted February 27, 2019, by Kevin Green (usmarinemp [at] gmail [dot] com)

Correction; the bridge IS still present. The gate blocking the right-of-way to the water is also still present.

To take any final photographs,

Drive north on Hwy 27, about a mile up the hill to the other end Dumas Bridge Road. It's on the left. There isn't any gate blocking access to the bridge there.

((A word of caution: I was given a stern warning by a Blount County police officer, that using (as a public watercourse) the Blackburn Fork of the Locust Fork/Black Warrior river to Inland Lake, is illegal, and I would be arrested for trespassing if caught kayaking here again. It's a very navigable (and beautiful) stretch of water. I suppose it's debatable, ACOE would settle the debate as far as navigability is concerned. As far as being naturally beautiful, one should be able to judge for themselves. Every other time I've made the voyage, the Bhm Water Works collects $5 to exit the lake at the boat ramp, and I've never had any problems.))

((This has nothing to do with bridges; except that bridges are often the access points to our watery highways, for recreation, travel, and commerce. Tax maps DO show Blackburn Fork, in this route between Highland and Inland Lakes, as separate from surrounding properties, and conjoining Dumas Bridge Road, with no breaks or boundaries. The question of navigability is one for the Army Corps of Engineers, who are the only party authorized to make the decision. I don't usually go on about things, I suppose I'm still upset about the incident.. I was detained, made to sit on a police vehicle bumper, while my vehicle was searched, I was given a cavity search on the spot, and asked if "I'd had my meth, today, and was told in no uncertain terms to never return to this creek, that I've played on my entire life. I have no prior criminal history; in fact, I'm an Honorably discharged Marine Veteran MP. I look as normal as anyone. Just a word of warning to anyone attempting to enjoy their day off, it certainly ruined mine! ))

Dumas Bridge Road Bridge
Posted March 17, 2018, by Kevin Green (usmarinemp [at] gmail [dot] com)

Blount County Commission voted, in the interest of public safety, to close a 0.2-mile segment of Dumas Bridge Road leading to the already-closed Dumas Bridge; the right-of-way is not to be abandoned or vacated, pending possible future replacement of the bridge.

The road is gated; however, the gate that restricting access to vehicles and foot traffic on public property appears to be privately installed. This attempts to vacate or abandon right of way to Blackburn Fork. The bridge is no longer present.

USGS stream survey property measuring flow remains unaffected.

Dumas Bridge Road Bridge
Posted May 31, 2013, by Z. Payne (rocky [dot] hollow2012 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pictures from 2011 are correct

Dumas Bridge Road Bridge (incorrect pictures)
Posted April 24, 2013, by Joey Harper (ajharper14 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The pictures you have of the Dumas Bridge is also of the Copeland Creek Bridge at Chamblee Mill Creek.

The pictures that is posted on the Copeland Creek Bridge are from the west side view then the Dumas Bridge photos are of Copeland Creek Bridge from the east side.

I will try to go to the Dumas Bridge soon for some photos of it. I have never heard of Dumas bridge until this site but grew up going to the Chamblee Mill bridge.

Also how would I find more information of a bridge the was on Philpot Rd Hayden going over the Mulberry to County Road 509 Hanceville?

I have always heard about it and would like to know more about it.



Dumas Bridge Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2010, by R. H. Mewbourn (rhmewbourn [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Pictures of Dumas Bridge, June 24, 2010