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Smith Chapel Road Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in May 2011


BH Photo #199362



Lost pony truss bridge over Mill Creek on Smith Chapel Road in Carbon Hill
Walker County, Alabama
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1915, closed June 2013, replaced in summer of 2014
Pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 69.9 ft.
Total length: 141.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.89601, -87.49691   (decimal degrees)
33°53'46" N, 87°29'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/454055/3750736 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
AL 87 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10199 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 14, 2014: Updated by Zachary S: Bridge is in the process of being demolished and scrapped.
  • June 4, 2014: New photos from Zachary S
  • June 2, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Bridge is now closed and scheduled for replacement
  • June 9, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 20, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from Deck to pony truss
  • May 20, 2011: New photo from Ben Tate


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Zachary S


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

i agree. i hate to see them go!

Smith Chapel Road Bridge
Posted June 4, 2014, by Zachary S

Being scrapped as we speak, after 99 years of serving traffic. The last pin-connected pony truss in the county, and one of very few left in the entire state. New bridge, presumably UCEB, to be constructed soon.

Smith Chapel Road Bridge
Posted June 3, 2013, by Zachary S

I agree that it definitely needs replacement for modern loads. Old truss bridges just weren't built to expect today's traffic, and I'm shocked there are ANY left... though obviously quite glad. I do of course want them to relocate it, or at least give it the chance, though, so I'm writing the council and going to attempt to write an article for the Daily Mountain Eagle. At the very least, I hope to have them save a few pieces of it. I wish AL had the same policy as the state that allows those interested in having a historic bridge to take them when they're removed; we have nearly 40 acres and at least one or two spots where an old bridge would look wonderful on an off-road trail. Either way, gonna try all I can to raise awareness and hopefully get it saved. I don't want to lose one of the few old trusses I can get to from the house in under 30 minutes. Where do you live? Locally?

Smith Chapel Road Bridge
Posted June 3, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

While I was photographing it a couple years ago, some people stopped and asked what I was doing. I told them I was just taking pictures. They said they need help getting it replaced because fire trucks won't cross it. They said the alternative route takes forever for fire trucks to reach someone out there. A wider, higher weight limit bridge is needed, but I would love to see this bridge saved.

Smith Chapel Road Bridge
Posted June 2, 2013, by Zachary S

Sadly, mere days after I went over it, this bridge was permanently closed and scheduled to be demolished in the near future. Its structural integrity is very poor. Will be writing the council regarding this issue, and writing an article for the local paper. PLEASE, anyone who can help, help me raise awareness!!

Smith Chapel Road Bridge
Posted May 31, 2013, by Zachary S

Went over this lovely little bridge a couple of weeks ago on the way home from Carbon Hill. My brother said that it's sometimes closed, so I wonder if they're maintaining it or closing it for some other reason. I need to go get some photos eventually.