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Rock Creek Bridge


CR 821 Rock Creek Pony Truss Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in March 2009


BH Photo #134870



Pony truss bridge over Rocky Creek on CR 821
Cullman County, Alabama
Partial collapse due to overloaded truck; closed with removal planned
Built 1932
Riveted Warren pony truss
Span length: 45.9 ft.
Total length: 45.9 ft.
Deck width: 10.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.10815, -86.96889   (decimal degrees)
34°06'29" N, 86°58'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/502869/3774147 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
AL 949 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10103 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.7 (out of 100)
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Alabama (971)
Built 1932 (963)
Built during 1930s (11,746)
Closed (2,668)
Cullman County, Alabama (27)
Doomed (1,072)
One-lane traffic (7,606)
Owned by county (20,781)
Pony truss (16,182)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,664)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,190)
Truss (32,772)
Warren pony truss (3,357)
Warren truss (6,563)
Wooden deck (6,069)

Update Log 

  • February 25, 2018: Updated by Zachary S: Updated, removal and either replacement or road abandonment planned
  • September 30, 2014: New photos from Zachary S
  • March 4, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Road name is CR 821, updated GPS data



Rock Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any other news?

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted February 25, 2018, by Zachary S


Well... As much as the bridge is unfit for vehicle traffic now due to damage, the collapse is not as total as I thought. One endpost may be toast and there is significant damage toward the middle but there is a lot to salvage. That said, the county plans on demolishing it and either abandoning the short road or building a new bridge. I guess I'll contact the county and plea for a careful removal and not a total demolition, as they insist repair cost is prohibitive...

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2018, by Don Morrison

The Devil in the GPS probably made him do it.

Don't be deceived by that pleasant voice coming from your favorite navigation app.

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2018, by Zachary S

Welp. Count this as another one lost to an overloaded truck. THIRTY ton, fifty three foot Dollar General truck tried to cross, leading to at least a partial collapse. This was just today so no idea what happens next but... very unlikely to salvage. WHY. WHY ARE TRUCK DRIVERS LIKE THIS. UGGGHH