7 votes

Goat Island Driveway Bridge


Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath in May 2010


BH Photo #190029


Built to serve a house that burned down in the late 1980s. The decking is actually pierced (or perforated) steel planking (PSP).


Abandoned warren pony truss bridge over Haw River (West Channel) on Driveway
Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina
- Dude Hawking of Burlington, North Carolina (Erector)
Two spans, one Warren pony truss with riveted connections, and one Pratt pony truss with riveted connections.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.10933, -79.39233   (decimal degrees)
36°06'34" N, 79°23'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/644701/3997270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47177 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: description
  • August 23, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Steel grate deck"
  • August 22, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added landowner/erector name
  • December 7, 2010: New photos from Matthew Ridpath
  • November 30, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



Private Drive Bridge
Posted August 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think the shorter span is a Pratt with counters and not a Lattice.

Sellar Mill Road Bridge
Posted August 22, 2017, by Luke

Historicaerials confirms that.

Sellar Mill Road Bridge
Posted August 22, 2017, by Royce (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As I understand it, this is not Sellars Mill Road. It is actually a private drive way.

Sellar Mill Road Bridge
Posted July 13, 2014, by Steve (Sdial [at] dialcordy [dot] com)

Could someone tell me the age of this bridge and if it was used and during what years?

Thank you


Sellar Mill Road Bridge
Posted December 8, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks for getting these photos, it is nice to get a better look at this bridge. I didn't realize it had that weird newer girder/floorbeam span. Each span is a different age!

As for the double-Warren truss configuration, I have seen bridges like this listed as both Pratts and Double-Warrens. I really don't know what the "correct" classification is. My thinking with the vertical members has been that a standard Warren truss may or may not have verticals, so why shouldn't a double-intersection warren. But I could see someone making the argument that the bridge is a Pratt with counters on every panel, but usually counters are only present in the center panel(s). With pin-connected truss bridges, counters are easy to ID because they are smaller than diagonals, but on riveted truss bridges like this one the counters are often the same size as the diagonals.

Sellar Mill Road Bridge
Posted December 7, 2010, by Matthew Ridpath

Thanks for adding this bridge, Nathan. I will post my pictures of it tonight. I'd be curious to know why the smaller span is a Double-Intersection Warren instead of a four-panel Pratt. I was led to believe it was the latter because of the vertical members.