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Bee Branch Bridge


Photo taken by James McCray in June 2013


BH Photo #257434


Pony truss bridge over Bee Branch on Roping Road
Holmes County, Florida
Open to traffic
Built 2009
Bailey pony truss (single truss, single story)
Span length: 29.9 ft.
Total length: 29.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.95298, -85.79281   (decimal degrees)
30°57'11" N, 85°47'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/615306/3425016 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
FDOT 524178 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 56759 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50 (out of 100)
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Bailey truss (189)
Built 2009 (69)
Built during 2000s (725)
Florida (681)
Holmes County, Florida (5)
Modern (2,673)
Open (40,969)
Owned by county (21,612)
Pony truss (17,017)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,225)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,507)
Truss (35,500)

Update Log 

  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added design details.
  • June 24, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type
  • June 24, 2013: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Nathan Holth


Bee Branch Bridge
Posted June 25, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is actually a whole categorization system for Bailey trusses, that is not currently integrated into the BridgeHunter system (but you can add it manually in the design details box). This bridge is a single truss single story truss. I found a detailed Army publication that tells you everything you ever wanted to know and more about a Bailey truss. Any bridge not following these design specifications is not a true Bailey truss.


Bee Branch Bridge
Posted June 25, 2013, by Anonymous

It is a Bailey truss.

The panels have a "diamond" between the verticals. It's actually a square with a corner down.

Note on photo #8 (no title, no caption, file 257441-L.jpg) the joint between to panels is clear. Each panel has an end vertical. Those joined by the pin visible at the top.

Photo #14 (no title, no caption, file 257447-L.jpg) shows the point-down squares inside flat squares that is the defining characteristic of a Bailey truss.

As far as the age, a Bailey truss is easy to assemble, disassemble, and move so it's quite possible it was erected here in 1990 but the components are WWII vintage.

Bee Branch Bridge
Posted June 24, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm pretty sure that's a Bailey truss.

Bee Branch Bridge
Posted June 24, 2013, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wonder what this bridge is? I think it is a Bailey Truss, but not sure. Need more imput.

Anyway I do not think that the NBI build date is correct. It seems to be much older than the stated year and I guess that the build year is a rehab year. Anyway, if this bridge is 4 years old then it has really gone downhill!