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Blevens Creek Bridge

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Blevens Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Jared Rainer and Brandon Chumley in March 2009

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BH Photo #154857

Map 

Description 

Very likely built well prior to 1920, relocated here in 1939. Very old abutments indicate that this is a replacement bridge, but still probably easily a century old in its own right.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Blevens Creek on Co Rd 1036
Location
Cullman County, Alabama
Status
Closed due to possible flood damage
History
Built or relocated here 1939
Design
Pinned, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 100.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.21379, -87.09903   (decimal degrees)
34°12'50" N, 87°05'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/490877/3785865 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jones Chapel
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
45
Inventory numers
AL 1890 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10099 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • June 26, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • June 25, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: Uploaded photos
  • February 10, 2010: New photos from Jared Rainer

Sources 

  • Jared Rainer - chumrain [at] bayspringstel [dot] net
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Zachary S

Comments 

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2018, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update! I was there May 5, 2016.

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted February 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

William thanks so much for taking care of the bridge, More photos always welcome. I'm sure some one would add photos to main page if permission was available from you. Thanks again

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted February 5, 2017, by William Allcorn (Pokemon241392 [at] aol [dot] com)

Hello! Out of curiosity I searched the creek name and found this page - I live within walking distance from here! Infact, I'm the one who cleared the detritus off of it after the flood. That's why the picture from last year shows the top completely clear. I couldn't get much of the junk out from the beams underneath it though. It's just a special place to me and I knew no one else was going to do it, and I didn't want the boards to molder. I guess I don't really have much to add, though for trivia's sake I'll add it was closed BEFORE the floods. That's why the guard rails put up to stop traffic are washed out.

Anyway, have a good day!

P.S. - Here's two of the pictures I took of the flood damage, I have more but I didn't wanna spam the page with all of them!

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

May 6, 2016

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

May 6, 2016

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

May 6, 2016

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

May 6, 2016

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted May 29, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i visited this bridge a few weeks ago. i saw all the damage from the flooding. the bridge is now closed to traffic with barriers on each end. i will try to post pics.

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted July 13, 2013, by Zachary S

Yep, I looked around it for any indication of an older date, but not a lot of information around it that I can find. It's certainly older than all the references seem to cite.

I debated on whether to call the county and let them know; it's on a winding, barely paved, extremely narrow back road so I don't think many people pass by to report the damage. Heading back home several hours later we passed by the road to see an ambulance screaming down that county road (of course the bridge is 3-4 miles on down the road, past several residences) reminded me of that. I suppose I should call and let 'em know.

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted July 13, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks considerably older than the given date.

The county should be notified to remove the trees as the bridge is still open to traffic and they could pose a hazard not only to it but to anyone crossing it.

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted July 13, 2013, by Zachary S

Visited this bridge today. There are two fairly large trees fallen onto the bridge from recent flooding we've had that has either undercut the bank and caused numerous trees to fall around the bridge, or combined with any strong wind gust in the waterlogged soil to blow over numerous trees. It's quite recent, probably no more than a week and a half ago, as there are plenty of green needles on the bridge deck. Honestly I was a bit nervous to even cross it. In addition, the guard railing is so damaged that I couldn't find any really straight sections.

Blevens Creek Bridge
Posted June 26, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The date is almost certainly wrong here......

A pinned, Pratt truss on cut stone abutments would almost warrant a ca. 1900 or earlier date.

I suspect it could be possible that they moved this one here in 39' to replace an older bridge. If that is the case they found a perfect fit!