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Choclafaula Creek Bridge

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CR 14 Choclafaula Creek Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in March 2011

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Overview
Pony truss bridge over Choclafaula Creek on CR 14 in Auburn-Opelika
Location
Lee County, Alabama
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1930
Design
Polygonal Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 80.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.52956, -85.55650   (decimal degrees)
32°31'46" N, 85°33'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/635562/3600053 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Loachapoka
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
29
Inventory numbers
AL 721 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10166 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 5, 2011: New photos from C Hanchey
  • March 1, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Choclafaula Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just love the Log "Headache Bar" that looks like it should have a sign hanging down proclaiming "Welcome to Camp Wanna Hocka Loogi!"

I presume they feel that any vehicle taller than that is too heavy to cross.

Choclafaula Creek Bridge
Posted June 3, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Available:

http://opelikaobserver.com/2017/05/announcement-of-availabil...

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVAILABILITY OF

HISTORIC BRIDGE

May 25, 2017

Lee County in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposes the replacement of a bridge that has been determined to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  For various reasons, the bridge is not planned to be preserved in place.  The bridge is located on Lee Road 014 over Choctafaula Creek in Lee County, Alabama.

As stipulated in section 123(f)(4) of the surface Transportation Act of 1987 and the Memorandum of Agreement with the Alabama Historical Commission, Lee County is announcing the availability of this bridge.  The structure will be donated to the appropriate recipients and Lee County, FHWA and ALDOT will pay the expense of moving the bridge and associated reestablishment costs up to the expense of bridge demolition.  For this service the recipient will agree to preserve the historical integrity of the bridge and to properly maintain the structure.

The bridge is a one-lane metal Warren Pony Truss bridge constructed in 1930.  Presently the bridge has a National Bridge inventory System Sufficiency Rating of 21.9.  The bridge is rated as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.  The structure is 80 feet in length and carries one lane of traffic with a lane width of 12.0 feet.

Any potential recipient interested in further information concerning acquisition of this bridge, please provide a written request within 14 days of the placement of the advertisement to:

Joey Hundley

Special Projects

Coordinator

Lee County

PO Box 1007

Opelika, AL 36803-1007

Legal run 5/31/17, 6/7/17, 6/14/17 & 6/21/17

Choclafaula Creek Bridge
Posted March 6, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The ones that crack me up are the through trusses that have signs plastered all over the portals with the different height limits...... and arrows pointing to each specific spot they correspond to. Sadly, with some of the imbeciles that seem to be attracted to historic truss bridges, they appear to have merit.

I don't mind the restriction bars so much...... I just wish they would keep them off of the bridge and move them back far enough to allow unobstructed photographs.

Choclafaula Creek Bridge
Posted March 6, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

As most of the height-restricting modifications on truss bridges in Minnesota are set at around 8 feet (and nearly all are far lower than what the portal heights would allow), I believe that most of these are for weight restriction--the 8-ft height pretty much guarantees that nothing larger (or heavier) than a standard pickup will be able to cross.

Choclafaula Creek Bridge
Posted March 5, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It is unusual to see them paired with a pony truss, as usually they are for height restrictions on a through truss and not for weight purposes.

Here is another pony I found that actually had bars welded to the ends (photo #5).......with mixed results (photo #6).

http://bridgehunter.com/in/wayne/8900160/

Choclafaula Creek Bridge
Posted March 5, 2011, by Jodi Christman

Those clearance logs are interesting. I saw them used on a covered bridge in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. It's odd to see them used for a pony truss bridge.