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Frank A. Hewitt Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in January 2011


BH Photo #205761


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Through truss bridge over Locust Fork River on Mt. Olive Road
Jefferson County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Built 1955; rehabilitated 1982
Riveted Parker through truss with through plate girder approach spans.
Length of largest span: 237.9 ft.
Total length: 603.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Locust Fork River Bridge
Buck Short Bridge
Buckshort Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.74418, -86.91804   (decimal degrees)
33°44'39" N, 86°55'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/507591/3733794 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 15 S., R. 4 W., Sec. 11
310 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
AL 12678 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36068 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 28, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: Changed name to match name plate on bridge
  • June 16, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type and GPS.



Frank A. Hewitt Bridge
Posted October 31, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The adjacent piers were the original ones from 1955. The bridge was moved in July 1982 because the original piers were deteriorating.

The lacing seems somewhat anachronistic for 1955.

The old topo shows the former bridge crossing to the north.

Frank A. Hewitt Bridge
Posted October 31, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

me too!

Frank A. Hewitt Bridge
Posted August 29, 2011, by Ben Tate

Thanks for the info, Justin. If you find anything out about the stone abutment upstream, I'd love to hear about it.

Frank A. Hewitt Bridge
Posted August 29, 2011, by Justin Crocker

I'm not sure when but the abutments were the the old abutments of this bridge. They built new abutments and placed the bridge on them. My grandmother used to have the newspaper clipping talking about this.

Frank A. Hewitt Bridge
Posted July 28, 2011, by Ben Tate

There are 2 concrete abutments next to this bridge and one stone abutment up stream. I don't know the history of these structures though. Also, be advised that there is some very racist and vulgar graffiti on this bridge. I know almost every bridge has stuff like this, but it is more prominently displayed on this one. I chose to leave that picture out.

Locust Fork River Bridge - Buckshort Bridge
Posted June 17, 2010, by Justin (jcro8829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)