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Shoals Creek Bridge


Shoals Creek Bridge before demolition

BH Photo #197717

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This bridge was built in 1959 because its neighboring bridge (built 1925) was too small for two lane traffic. This bridge had two lanes and traveled eastbound on Hwy 72/43. The older 1925 bridge remained and became a one way bridge for westbound traffic. As the years passed by, the bridges began getting overcrowded as more people began using this highway to commute. Finally, this bridge was replaced by a 6 lane bridge in 2005 that carries traffic both ways. The older bridge remains intact but closed to all traffic.


Lost Cantilevered Warren through truss bridge over Shoal Creek on US 43
Lauderdale County, Alabama
Replaced by new bridge in 2007
Built 1959, replaced 2007
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 299.9 ft.
Total length: 806.1 ft.
Deck width: 28.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.85077, -87.56890   (decimal degrees)
34°51'03" N, 87°34'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447992/3856642 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
AL 6540 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36073 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2011: New photo from Ben Tate
  • April 18, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: Info was mixed up with the old 1925 bridge which is already listed.
  • July 1, 2010: Updated by Dave Reasons: This is a duplicate


  • Dave Reasons
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Shoals Creek Bridge
Posted August 19, 2021, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge built in 1925 is still there. This one was built in 1959 and demolished when the new bridge opened in 2007.

Here's the link to the one that's still there: http://bridgehunter.com/al/lauderdale/262/

Shoals Creek Bridge
Posted August 18, 2021, by Anonymous (nopewhywouldisharethis [at] hotmail [dot] com)

*Reply to the other comment:

The Bridge is still there, just closed to all traffic. It's an absolute Eyesore.

Shoal Creek Bridge
Posted August 3, 2008, by john parsley (parsleyjohn [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was removed and replaced with a concrete structure. opened last year. The new bridge is 6 lanes..