Rating:
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Country Club Road Bridge

Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Map 

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Blackwater Creek on Country Club Road in Jasper
Location
Walker County, Alabama
Status
Closed until guardrail repairs are performed
History
Built 1898 by the Canton Bridge Co.
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Main span: Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 170.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Camak Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.90863, -87.28835   (decimal degrees)
33°54'31" N, 87°17'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/473343/3752062 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manchester
Inventory numbers
AL 2 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10193 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
400

Update Log 

  • January 31, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 22, 2014: New photos from Johnny C Barrett
  • July 2, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • June 8, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • February 10, 2010: New photos from Jared Rainer
  • July 31, 2006: Posted new photos

Sources 

Comments 

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Zachary S

I noticed it was closed, and to be frank, I am SO glad it's because an idiot broke some railings and crashed into the creek and not because they are trying to replace it, like they have with the vast majority in this county. The articles make it sound like the county really wants to repair it and keep it open which is terrific, but they need the funds for a new guardrail.

Now if only some jackass doesn't come in with a blowtorch and tear beams off for scrap metal while it's closed like I'm told they did on Smith Chapel Road...

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted June 12, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Some idiot drove off this bridge... damaged the railing and maybe more...

http://mountaineagle.com/stories/historic-one-lane-bridge-cl...

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted May 20, 2015, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm pretty sure it's a typo. I can't find any reference to that definition of contentious.

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted May 19, 2015, by derek kennedy (dkennedy44 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

I thought it was a spelling error, also. Contentious in this case means only one way traffic, only one car can cross at a time.

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted May 31, 2013, by Zachary S (dreaming [dot] of [dot] the [dot] vale [at] gmail [dot] com)

HEY CENTRAL ALABAMA FOLKS. I've noticed the rapid decline in the number of historic truss bridges in Walker county as of late; Johnsey and Ripley Cutoff bridges have been demolished in just the last five years, and there are MANY more truss bridges on the 1992 NBI than exist today. Thus, I feel it's important to start a campaign to raise public awareness and DOT recognition of the few we have left. Talk to me here or at my email address so we can get started.

As I'm a rather proficient writer, it was my plan to write the transportation authorities - and whoever owns other bridges in the county besides the state - to ask for public consideration and historical society offers before removing the few we have left. Not that it will do any good, just a couple of people, but it's a start. I also am planning on writing an article for the Daily Mountain Eagle (if, of course, they will allow me to do so, ahaha) highlighting the need to preserve our historic bridges. Furthermore, at least this one, perhaps others, are very much candidates for NRHP; while that doesn't guarantee protection, it's another good step, and I ask those who know better than I how to start negotiations for that designation to help me to do, if appropriate.

Frankly, even if they do remove them soon (likely) we might be able to convince them to at least offer to sell the old bridges to parks that want them, if any indeed are willing; wouldn't these old truss bridges look much better spanning a creek on a walkway or bike trail than as scrap metal?

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted January 9, 2013, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Back off, Tony!! We got our own way of spellin' down here in Alabama. Ha ha!!

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted January 8, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You gotta love that sign in pic #11!!!

"Alabama's oldest in contentious use"

Contentious | Define Contentious at Dictionary.com

dictionary.reference.com/browse/contentiousSharetending to argument or strife; quarrelsome: a contentious crew. 2. causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues. 3.

Does this mean they have been arguing over the bridge since the day it was built? lol

Country Club Road Bridge
Posted August 6, 2007, by Sandy (daleandsandy [at] corrcomm [dot] net)

Wonderful Historic Bridge.. But is it safe to drive over?? I've seen large trucks crossing over this bridge myself..