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Sullins Road Bridge


Photo taken by Zachary S in January 2015

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #313809



Abandoned and partially covered in fallen trees from an intense tornado passing just to the northwest on April 27 2011. The road is bypassed and abandoned. South approach road (gravel) is basically washed out with deep gullies throughout.


Riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Bull Mountain Creek on Sullins Rd
Marion County, Alabama
Abandoned; bypass road has new bridge built c. 2002
Built c. 1900, rehabilitated 1935, abandoned c. 2002
Pratt through truss
Span length: 101.1 ft.
Total length: 101.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.27488, -87.98049   (decimal degrees)
34°16'30" N, 87°58'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/409744/3793069 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 63357 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2014: Added by Zachary S



Sullins Road Bridge
Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge looks like it's been abandoned longer 14 years.

Sullins Road Bridge
Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Zach, please email me. I would like to discuss the old bridges in your area. Thanks.

Sullins Road Bridge
Posted January 17, 2015, by Matt Lohry


No reason to feel stupid; its a perfectly valid question! This is indeed a Pratt through truss; Warren trusses always have diagonals alternating direction with each panel over the full length of the truss, where Pratts typically have only verticals and only diagonals that slope inward toward the center of the truss. In many cases (such as this), the center panel(s) may have opposite diagonals to form an "X" for added strength, but they do not continue through the entire truss.

I'm not sure that this entry is the same as the other one you mention; that says its a pony truss, and this one is a through truss, but that could be a mistake too.

Sullins Road Bridge
Posted January 17, 2015, by Zachary S

I feel stupid for asking, since I spend so much time looking at historic truss bridges and reading as much as I can since getting into bridge hunting a year and a half ago, and therefore should know, but... this would be considered a Pratt, right? I was initially a little stumped because I have not encountered a Pratt with similar ties and counters in this area. I thought at first it might be a Warren but I gravitated more towards Pratt after further looking into it...

Also this might possibly be the same as the Bull Mountain Creek bridge entry. I am not certain. But I have yet to find a truss at the location mentioned in that entry, which is based on NBI data and is only a couple miles from this bridge.