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Sumac Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in December 2010


BH Photo #190456


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.


Concrete arch bridge over Sumac Creek on US 411/GA 61
Murray County, Georgia
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.
Built 1925; rehabilitated 1957 with widening
Closed spandrel arch
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
GA 21300170 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12592 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 39.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (11,325)
Beam (12,682)
Built 1925 (1,156)
Built during 1920s (8,985)
Closed-spandrel arch (3,668)
Concrete tee beam (2,386)
Deck arch (10,557)
Doomed (1,051)
Georgia (562)
Have street view (23,182)
Murray County, Georgia (24)
Open (37,302)
Owned by state (14,093)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,087)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,845)

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


  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com


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.