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Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge


Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2011

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)


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BH Photo #222368


Street View 


Lost three-span through truss bridge over Tallahatchie River on MS 7
Lafayette County, Mississippi, and Marshall County, Mississippi
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1953. Demolished 2015.
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 2,038.5 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.54319, -89.49157   (decimal degrees)
34°32'35" N, 89°29'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/271357/3825206 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory number
BH 22885 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 26, 2015: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • February 23, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is lost, or demolition is imminent.
  • August 6, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • December 24, 2011: New photos from C Hanchey
  • March 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.

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Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge
Posted February 26, 2015, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV


A piece of Mississippi history that enabled William Faulkner and thousands of Ole Miss students to purchase illegal whiskey and also facilitated the movement of Federal troops in securing the enrollment of James Meredith at Ole Miss will soon be no more.

The three truss steel bridge constructed in 1953 over the Tallahatchie River between Oxford and Holly Springs is being torn down by L.A. Contracting as a new river bridge now speeds traffic north and south. The bridge holds rich memories for a generation of students and Lafayette County residents who drove across it to the Marshall County line to purchase illegal alcohol at Johnnie’s to well known watering holes like the Hobba Grill or Hole In The Wall located in Holly Springs.

[more at link.]

Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge
Posted February 23, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The new bridge opened on 6 February 2015. The old bridge is likely being demolished at this time.


Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge
Posted January 15, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is the latest news. The new bridge is scheduled to open sometime next month, February 2015.


Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge
Posted November 6, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If this bridge is on your bucket list, plan to visit immediately. The new bridge will be completed very soon. The I-beams are in place and construction crews are paving the approaching roadbed.

Not only does this bridge comprise 3 Parker trusses, it also features some nice concrete railings which seem to be a Mississippi standard design. There are several bridges on this road north of Holly Springs which also featured this railing design. Those bridges are also being replaced.

Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge
Posted April 21, 2014, by Ramona (ramonapace [at] gmail [dot] com)

The new bridge over the Tallahatchie River on MS Hwy 7 north of Oxford is being constructed. Attached is a collage of 4 photos. 1) The northern approach to the new bridge warning drivers their vehicle may be too tall. 2) In the middle of the old bridge looking south. 3) At Walker landing looking at the beams of the new bridge (new bridge is west of old bridge). 4) Bridges reflecting onto the Tallahatchie River.

Observed a pier just to the east of the railroad piers that I'd never noticed before. I know the current bridge dates to the 1950's. Guess the extra pier must be from days gone by-a previous bridge.

Tallahatchie River MS 7 Bridge
Posted June 22, 2013, by Matthew G (mhg [dot] planner [at] gmail [dot] com)

MDoT is preparing to construct a new bridge adjacent to this structure and realign MS 7 to the new bridge.