Rating:
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Sumac Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in December 2010

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BH Photo #190456

Map 

Street View 

Tragedy Comes 12-3-2011 

Written by Eddie Douthitt

Two young men had a fatal head on collision on this bridge on 12-3-11. One of them was a close friend of mine from where I work. Rest in peace Stevie Mulkey, Jr. Also, my sympathies go out to the other who lost his life, Jason Bartley. This section of U.S. 411 has had many fatalities over the years, and now more blood is spilled upon it. Sad, sad day.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Sumac Creek on US 411/GA 61
Location
Murray County, Georgia
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Will be destroyed and replaced by a modern bridge for the Georgia Inland Port which will be built just North of it.
History
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1957 with widening
Design
Closed spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.7 ft.
Total length: 223.8 ft.
Deck width: 27.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.89361, -84.74972   (decimal degrees)
34°53'37" N, 84°44'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/705625/3863555 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tennga
Inventory numbers
GA 21300170 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12592 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 39.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
4,840

Categories 

Arch (11,196)
Beam (11,967)
Built 1925 (1,136)
Built during 1920s (8,774)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,607)
Concrete tee beam (2,191)
Deck arch (10,434)
Doomed (1,028)
Georgia (551)
Have street view (22,087)
Murray County, Georgia (24)
Open (36,587)
Owned by state (13,692)
Span length 50-75 feet (8,902)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,767)

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2016: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Doomed
  • December 6, 2011: Essay added by Eddie Douthitt
  • December 15, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Edited history and added new pictures
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added Google Street View
  • November 2, 2008: New photos from Eddie Douthitt

Sources 

Comments 

Sumac Creek Bridge
Posted December 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Even with the widening...a very nice looking bridge!

I have happened upon some arches that are literally "buried" under an over-sized deck with it's gag-inducing ARMCO railing.