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Mebane Oaks Road Haw Creek Bridge

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A single steel stringer span supported by wood abutments.

Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath in November 2008

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BH Photo #134648

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Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Haw Creek on SR 1007 (Mebane Oaks Road)
Location
Alamance County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1941
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Span length: 30.8 ft.
Total length: 30.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.05917, -79.26750   (decimal degrees)
36°03'33" N, 79°16'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/656036/3991899 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mebane
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
5,000
Inventory numbers
NC 010077 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 40708 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 46.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • March 1, 2009: Added by Matthew Ridpath

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  • Matthew Ridpath

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Mebane Oaks Road Haw Creek Bridge
Posted March 1, 2009, by Matthew Ridpath

This bridge, while certainly not exceptional as bridges go, is a notable one in this county, where the NCDOT has eradicated the many truss bridges that used to cross the creeks and the Haw River. Considering this policy, I'm surprised this one is still here. The road is heavily traveled, including by large trucks, many of which probably exceed the weight limit. Most drivers probably think they're crossing a culvert, due to the paved-over deck. However, when you climb down to the creek you'll find that it's a pretty interesting structure, but also a neglected one. It's a throwback to a time when this road was probably really remote, and not a mile from two Interstates. The deck may be original; it looks like local Southern Yellow Pine, older growth. There are a lot of beams holding the roadway up, but the bolts appear to be rusted severely. The abutments appear to be relatively sturdy, with the cross beams resting on modern pressure treated square columns and solid concrete. The condition of the original columns is scary, as a few are halfway rotted through. The wooden retaining walls of the abutments are also rotting. I admit that it probably needs to be replaced, but it will be a shame to lose one of the few remaining bridges in the county for a tasteless slab. The detour will be a nightmare too!