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Oakman Parrish Road Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in July 2011


BH Photo #205594



Pratt through truss bridge over Lost Creek on Oakman Parrish Road
Walker County, Alabama
Closed to all traffic
Built 1920
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 122.1 ft.
Total length: 274.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.71838, -87.30262   (decimal degrees)
33°43'06" N, 87°18'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/471961/3730972 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
AL 133 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10197 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/1999)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 5.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2014: New photos from Johnny C Barrett
  • July 2, 2013: New photos from Zachary S


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


Oakman Parrish Road Bridge
Posted April 2, 2014, by Zachary S

The recently added photos from March are of the other bridge in the area, the Lost Creek bridge on Kings Mill Road. Both are closed, of course.

Oakman Parrish Road Bridge
Posted July 2, 2013, by Zachary S

Got permission from the landowner who has been maintaining a trail to the bridge to go visit the derelict structure. It looks as though the road won't be used again anytime soon if its horrible condition is anything to go by. The bridge is in extremely rough shape, and even had some of its material stolen for scrap over the past several years. The decorative approaches are also quite interesting although covered by Virginia creeper and with saplings growing in pavement cracks. The man is very grateful that others are interested in the old structure and we talked for quite a while about the area's history. The bridge area is closed without permission due to littering and vandals.

Oakman Parrish Road Bridge
Posted May 31, 2013, by Zachary S

Being closed, on an otherwise used road, AND very structurally deficient, I think this old and visually appealing bridge is a prime candidate for an emergency campaign to get it preserved/repaired/relocated before it's torn down; if it hasn't been removed already (I think it's still on Google Earth) I can't see it escaping the wrecking crew too much longer.