7 votes

Old US 78 Bridge


Everything is Not as it Seems

One would never know that this is an arch bridge unless one takes a peek underneath the bridge.

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #203570


Street View 


Open-spandrel arch bridge over Gulf Branch on an abandoned alignment of US 78
Marion County, Alabama
Closed to all traffic
Open-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.93251, -87.66175   (decimal degrees)
33°55'57" N, 87°39'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/438839/3754870 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Glen Allen
Inventory number
BH 49067 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Alabama (939)
Arch (11,735)
Closed (2,619)
Deck arch (10,979)
Fence guardrail (242)
Have street view (25,988)
Marion County, Alabama (17)
Open-spandrel arch (721)

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2015: New photos from Johnny C Barrett
  • August 4, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • June 4, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
  • June 4, 2014: New photos from Zachary S
  • July 7, 2011: Added by James McCray


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


Old US 78 Bridge
Posted December 12, 2016, by Tim Legg (kc0ofc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was closed in 1988. For several years, the arch was clearly visible from the new bridge.

Old US 78 Bridge
Posted May 12, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

drove past this bridge 05/07/16 next time i will stop.

Old US 78 Bridge
Posted February 22, 2016, by Anonymous

oh man! had i known about this bridge, i would have stopped on my way to and from birmingham. i sometimes took the old 78 route just so i could see parts of the old bankhead hwy.

Old US 78 Bridge
Posted August 3, 2014, by Paul May (yepireckinso [at] aol [dot] com)

My father said a guy was killed here while building this bridge. He called it Tucker's Gulch. On east at Mallard Creek just before Walker County is its twin span, way in the woods south of the current hwy 118 newer bridge. Then on up the hill on the old road we would stop and have a picnic on the old roadside table park just inside Walker County. Fun on the way to the big city of Jasper in the 60's!

Old US 78 Bridge
Posted July 6, 2013, by Vickie Cunningham (vickiemarie623 [at] earthlink [dot] net)

My 86-year-old father discovered this bridge while he was out hiking around! He couldn't wait to show it to me...and I have to say, it is very cool!

Old US 78 Bridge
Posted July 7, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I found this wonderful jewel of a bridge and just thought it was a boring abandoned concrete stringer, but lo and behold, I just happened to take a look underneath and I found the open spandrel arches. I would have never known this by just looking at the upper part of the bridge.