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Old AL 5 Bridge


Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #203082


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Open-spandrel arch bridge over Bear Creek on an old alignment of AL 5 (AL 13)
Bear Creek, Marion County, Alabama
Closed to all traffic
Built 1927; Bypassed by new bridge in 1998
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 119.1 ft.
Total length: 348.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.26695, -87.70230   (decimal degrees)
34°16'01" N, 87°42'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/435347/3791978 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Phil Campbell
Inventory numbers
AL 384 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 47243 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2015: New photos from Johnny C Barrett
  • June 4, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
  • June 4, 2014: New photos from Zachary S
  • August 20, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • July 2, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • December 5, 2010: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Zachary S
  • Johnny C Barrett - jcarsonbarrett [at] gmail [dot] com


Old AL 5 Bridge
Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

i use to cross this bridge while driving a 6 wheel bob truck. have had my driver side mirror struck by another on coming truck several times.

Old AL 13 Bridge
Posted July 12, 2011, by James Simmons

as i looked back, yeah I can understand the narrowness factor. I didn't look at the bridge's width. Good call on replacing it then.

Old AL 13 Bridge
Posted July 4, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Appears to have been an accident on the bridge which has required a section of the guardrail to be replaced. Other than that it seems to be in it's original state.

Old AL 13 Bridge
Posted July 3, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Built in the '20s, it may have been 18 or 20 feet wide--far too narrow for modern vehicles. Many fine, sound bridges have been replaced or bypassed because modern road standards require much wider lanes. When I was young and first driving there were a lot of 18 foot bridges around and two full size American (1960s) cars passing on them was a "white knuckle" experience. I hate to see the old bridges lost but I understand the reasoning for providing better crossings for modern traffic. I hope they can find some use for this elegant bridge so that it doesn't deteriorate to the point that they feel a need to tear it down.

Old AL 13 Bridge
Posted July 3, 2011, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

What was wrong with this that they abandoned it?