Rating:
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Halls Creek Bridge

Photos 

Non color photo

BH Photo #167700

Map 

Description 

Listed in NBI as being built in 1950, but other indications, plus the park's plaque, state a 1902 construction date.

Essay 

Written by Zachary S

This bridge was built in 1902 across Turkey Creek near Pinson on Blountsville Road, along the route to Tapawingo Springs, an early 20th century attraction in Jefferson County. In 1975 it was moved to its current location, over Mill (Cooley) Creek, where it carries one-way traffic into the park. It enjoys some degree of preservation amongst the other historic structures the park offers. It will likely be around for a long time to come.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Halls Creek in Tannehill State Park
Location
Jefferson County, Alabama
Status
Open to one-way traffic into Tannehill State Park parking lot
History
Built 1902, relocated to current site in 1975
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 141.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Also called
Tapawingo Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.25745, -87.06257   (decimal degrees)
33°15'27" N, 87°03'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/494172/3679829 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McCalla
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
70
Inventory numbers
AL 3622 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36067 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 30, 2014: New photos from Zachary S
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • August 6, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "5-panel truss", "Wooden deck", "Pin-connected"
  • July 30, 2013: Essay added by Zachary S
  • July 11, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Two sources hint at 1902 date, more in line with its appearance, so for now will put 1902 as date till disproven
  • June 18, 2010: New photos from Justin Crocker

Sources 

Comments 

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted April 8, 2014, by Zachary S

Serious flooding in Tannehill after the weekend's series of storms rolled through. At least one campground underwater, and according to local news, many of the small pedestrian bridges washed out. Not sure of the status of this, the only actually notable historic bridge in the park, but will check again sometime and see if it's mentioned.

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted July 30, 2013, by Zachary S

Confirmed 1902 build date, the park has a sign detailing the history of the bridge. Will upload some photos I took later.

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted July 11, 2013, by Zachary S

It does seem far more in line with its appearance, and very similar bridges in the area, so I agree, I do figure the references got the age about right. I'll actually be in Tannehill a few weeks from now if all goes according to plan and will check it out in person to see if I can get more insight, then I'll hopefully be able to update the probable build date for a more precise one, haha.

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted July 11, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think that's a good date for this bridge ZS.

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Zachary S

According to

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35547288@N00/6116159472/

and

http://www.tannehill.org/activities.html

and cross-checking as being the only major truss bridge I could find in Tannehill according to Google Earth the build date appears to be 1902, and it was relocated from Turkey Creek near Pinson on Blountsville Rd in 1975 - IF this is the same bridge as listed in the links above! It looks virtually identical in the photos, and of course both have the modern wooden railings all along the deck.

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The circa date given for this bridge is likely when it was renovated or relocated. With pinned connections and latticed portals, it is much older than that. Probably ca.1900 or earlier.

Halls Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2010, by Justin (jcro8829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

a few pictures..