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Rock Creek Bridge


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Photo taken by Zachary S in January 2015


BH Photo #313374



Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Rock Creek on CR 14 in Addison
Winston County, Alabama
Abandoned in 1998
Built 1925; bypassed on new alignment 1998
Six panel pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 212.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.21809, -87.15352   (decimal degrees)
34°13'05" N, 87°09'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/485859/3786348 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
AL 274 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 36097 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2015: New photo from Zachary S



Rock Creek Bridge
Posted February 2, 2020, by Zachary S

Well that's heartbreaking. Such a shame, it's got such a unique setting and location but there's probably no saving that. Glad I got to document it when I did.

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I am Stunned by these photos. They're Beautiful and Heartbreaking at the same time.

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted January 29, 2020, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pics from yesterday

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted January 28, 2020, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Got to visit this bridge in person today. Sad news to report. It looks like flood waters has separated the truss section from the east end approach. The truss section is still on top of the poles but is leaning terribly. It looks like it would fall if I pushed it with my hands. The water pipe that ran across the bridge was severed and a new water pipe had to be built across the creek on the southern end of the new bridge. . I did take photos and will try to upload a few of them. It looked so sad.

Rock Creek Bridge - off Sardis Airport Road
Posted July 20, 2016, by Rebecca (rebeccainphoenix [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank you so much for posting these pictures! We used to cross it all the time when visiting family in the area. Can you imagine 9 people in an old Ford Mustang crossing that bridge in the 1970s and 1980s? I've been trying to find a way to see it again for years, but with limited time in the area, I never seem to have time to pull off and find it again.

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

another jewel saved thanks to the utility department.

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted January 13, 2015, by Zachary S

The most interesting part of this bridge for me was the supporting systems below and the approach; the truss span itself sits on an old stone abutment directly atop a bluff on the west end, with no approach, and the east end of the truss span is on tall lally columns, followed by a fairly long approach atop a slender steel beam supporting system. The other stone abutment is at the far end of the approach span.

Rock Creek Bridge
Posted October 25, 2013, by Zachary S

More good news for old truss bridge fans in 'Bama! This bridge is listed here as being lost, but Google Earth proves that the bridge was NOT torn down when the new one was built, and indeed still stands - quite abandoned - on the old alignment!

This is the second 'lost' bridge I've found so far still extant in north-central AL, and the Google Earth search continues for more.