Rating:
5 votes

Lost Creek Bridge

Photos 

Lost Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Jared Rainer and Brandon Chumley in March 2009

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BH Photo #154860

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Lost Creek on Kings Mill Road
Location
Walker County, Alabama
Status
Closed
History
Built 1900, Closed 2013
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 84.0 ft.
Total length: 158.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.73604, -87.35980   (decimal degrees)
33°44'10" N, 87°21'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/466670/3732947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Parrish
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
150
Inventory numbers
AL 4 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10195 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
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Update Log 

  • July 2, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • June 8, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • February 10, 2010: Updated by Jared Rainer: Added photos, corrected road name

Sources 

  • Jared Rainer - chumrain [at] bayspringstel [dot] net
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Zachary S

Comments 

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you cut down trees to close off a bridge instead of erecting Type 3 barricades... you might be a redneck!

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2013, by Zachary S

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.

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by Zachary S

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!

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

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!

Lost Creek Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by Zachary S

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.