Lost Creek Bridge
Photo taken by Jared Rainer and Brandon Chumley in March 2009
BH Photo #154860
The north side is blocked by a heavy gate with a lock. The owners of the surrounding property live next to the bridge and are very friendly though as you mentioned, they are not keen to trespassers. The King's Mill Bridge, as it is known in those parts, used to be a route for the Oakman High School bus and we can imagine how scary that must have been to ride across. Even when open, only one car at a time could use the bridge due to the width. If you have not found it yet, there is another bridge that was recently closed, Brown's Bridge, crosses Lost Creek just a couple of miles downstream, and just down the holler from Tubb's Church of Christ. You can actually see through the decking to the water below as of this writing. It would be wonderful for these bridges to be restored. Not only do they have historic and communal interest value, they were thoroughfares for locals who now have to navigate a complex system of winding backroads to get anywhere. Beautiful area in those Oakman backroads.
If you cut down trees to close off a bridge instead of erecting Type 3 barricades... you might be a redneck!
I am saddened to report that, as per a visit yesterday, this bridge is very much closed, and in a grand fashion: Numerous signs indicate the bridge is closed, and on the south side, pavement and dirt are piled high a quarter mile away from the bridge to prevent cars from traveling to the bridge. Also, two large trees were felled in the road recently to keep vehicles out. The bridge itself is barred off with signs attached. I don't know what kind of barriers are on the north side but I presume there are blockades there too.
This would've been quite recent as the bridge appears to have been open last year. I'm not going to recommend doing what I did to inspect and document the bridge, but suffice to say, whoever owns the property around the bridge (and the bridge itself, if it has been abandoned) doesn't want people trespassing... and given the graffiti and litter, I don't blame him/her. The bridge is in pretty rough shape, but better than the Oakman-Parrish Road Bridge; the deck is looking a little unkempt and the superstructure, while not critical, is clearly worn. This, of course, is consistent with its sufficiency rating of zero.
I have no idea if this road is used much anymore, as the closed stretch contains nothing but an abandoned house and some game trails, but it would appear as though this 113-year old through truss may be at high risk of replacement unless action is taken, or might well be abandoned and left to eventually fall into the creek years down the road. I'll see what I can do on this front in the coming months.
Haha, oh don't worry, the county commission and ALDOT will be pretty sick of hearing from me with all the effort I plan to put into ensuring this and others in the county get preserved. They'll have to pry the truss from my cold dead body to demolish these, I say!
A very good candidate for preservation. I encourage you to talk to the local officials to see what can be done Zachary. This is a structure well worth preserving!
Another candidate for preservation, along with the Country Club Road bridge and the Oakman-Parrish Road bridge, among others. Especially the first two; very few through trusses left around here and these two are 1900 and 1898-built, respectively. Going to go check out all these in the coming weeks.