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Sugar Creek Road Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in November 2013


BH Photo #271028



Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on Sugar Creek Road-future ATV/hiking trail
Limestone County, Alabama
Open to pedestrians only
Build 1888; Relocated to current location 1947; Closed 2005
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.98058, -87.17559   (decimal degrees)
34°58'50" N, 87°10'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/483972/3870903 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Union Hill
Inventory numbers
AL 3014 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 58302 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2014: New photos from James McCray
  • November 24, 2013: Updated by Ben Tate: Added categories "Wrought iron", "Pin-connected", "One-lane traffic", "Relocated"
  • October 6, 2013: Added by James McCray



Sugar Creek Road Bridge
Posted April 25, 2015, by bridgette (kandy_22_2005 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

I live within walking distance and love this spot but have not heard of any plans to rehab it or of s walking trail?

Sugar Creek Road Bridge
Posted September 5, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah, this is an odd one. So odd I'd really like to get a closer look. Looking at some of the points Nathan mentioned:

Lower chord eye bars: I don't see anything odd, but maybe I'm not looking at the right picture. The ones I see look like typical upset eye bars. But there is at least one vertical (the hip vertical?) that has a set of floor beams but no joint on the lower chord.

Floor beams: I'm seeing two lattice beams that the top and bottom are not parallel - but the peak is NOT in the middle! It reminds me of a section from a crane boom. All the floor beams seem to be a set of two rolled I-beams and a lattice beam.

U-bolts: There is quite a variety. Some look pretty normal (Grrr - no captions! photo 271077-L.jpg) But that's only for the lattice beam. The rolled beams are slapped on next to the lattice beam. These are attached with an assortment of U-bolts and stuff. 271102-L.jpg and 271100-L.jpg show ogee washers and load plates like is typical on a timber bridge.

Lateral braces: I see welding. Some very small welding. But I think those probably got welded onto the rolled beams when they were added.

Joint pins: The ones I can see are clearly NOT bridge pins and lomus nuts! I'm not seeing _any_ lateral retaining device, let alone compression on the joint.

The welded scrap metal seems to be most of the bridge. Bits and pieces from here and there dumped together, add a bit of welding to hold it together and - ta-da - a bridge!

271097-L.jpg shows a discontinuity of the outer stringer, and lateral rods going _through_ the I-beam stringers.

271100-L.jpg show quite a collection of junk at a lower "joint" that isn't really a joint because it's not really joined to the lower chord.

271070-L.jpg shows one round and one square tension rod.

271084-L.jpg - that top chord looks really shallow for a bridge that long.

271086-L.jpg shows a very unusual strut built up from a pretty common latticed four-angle but with an additional wide plate riveted (not welded) to the angles to make the section deeper.

It looks to me like there could be about four bridges and one crane that contributed parts for this span..

Sugar Creek Road Bridge
Posted August 15, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Beat all to HELL... But still a beauty!

Sugar Creek Road Bridge
Posted August 15, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge has some VERY unusual details, some which appear to be original and highly interesting/significant and others that appear to be alterations. The bottom chord eyebars have strangely shaped eyes. The floorbeams have two rolled beams with old looking ubolts, but there are also old looking latticed floorbeams which are very odd. The lateral bracing eyes appear to be just laying on the floorbeams. And the chord pins appear to be simple rods with no threads and no nuts on them! Finally, the bridge has some old welded repairs that are some of the crudest I have ever seen. Like they dug out some scrap metal in the shop and sent the office guy out to the bridge with a welder to weld them on the bridge.

Sugar Creek Road Bridge (Northern Unit-Through Truss)
Posted October 7, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sooo...I went to the pony truss twice not knowing that a pratt through truss lies just to the north of this bridge. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! lol

Sugar Creek Road Bridge (Northern Unit-Through Truss)
Posted October 6, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There seems to be some confusion regarding the bridges on this road: The pony (Bailey Truss)truss (http://bridgehunter.com/al/limestone/sugar-creek/) bridge is not actually over Sugar Creek, but is located immediately to the south over a swampy overflow branch of Sugar Creek on the same road. To correctly depict this, I adjusted the gps coordinates for that bridge.

This bridge is actually a through truss (Pratt) bridge, but does not seem to be located on the NBI. It however is the true Sugar Creek Bridge. Good news is that the county is rehabbing this bridge to be a greenway trail. See http://florence.waff.com/news/news/202723-group-says-campaig... for details.