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West Fork Little River Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2011


BH Photo #206397


Street View 


Luten Bridge, HIghway 117, Mentone, AL

Driving westbound across the Little River (West Fork), Mentone, AL

Video posted by Calvin Sneed

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Open spandrel concrete arch bridge over West Fork Little River on State Highway 117 in Mentone
Mentone, De Kalb County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Built 1928
- Luten Bridge Co. of York, Pennsylvania & Knoxville, Tennessee
Luten-characteristic, open spandrel, concrete arch
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 127.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.57021, -85.57444   (decimal degrees)
34°34'13" N, 85°34'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/630765/3826305 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Valley Head
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
AL 543 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10110 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2020: New photos from Ben Tate
  • August 7, 2011: New video from Calvin Sneed
  • July 31, 2011: New photos from Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


West Fork Little River Bridge
Posted March 13, 2020, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I didnít realize I was driving over an arch bridge today. I snapped some quick pictures because I saw a replacement bridge under construction. It looks like it will also be an open spandrel arch bridge.

West Fork Little River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Luke
West Fork Little River Bridge
Posted January 28, 2020, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any new info about this project?

West Fork Little River Bridge
Posted March 14, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I checked that link, and the included documentatation includes a signed Memorandum of Agreement that states that the historic bridge will be bypassed and preserved. Directly from the MOA:

The historic, concrete open-spandrel arch bridge over the west fork of the Little River will be left in place and a new bridge constructed downstream. To facilitate this, the ALDOT will transfer the existing SR-117 bridge over the West Fork of the Little River to the State Historic Preservation Office. The property transfer will be effective upon property release by ALDOT after completion of all new construction and detour activities. The property transfer will include all responsibility for maintenance and liability.

West Fork Little River Bridge
Posted March 14, 2016, by Anonymous

Bridge is scheduled for replacement. Such a shame!