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Hicks Hollow Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in November 2010

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BH Photo #186837

Map 

Description 

"The pinned connections and appearance of this Pratt through truss bridge suggest it was erected for Avery County about 1915, rather than in 1932, the construction date assigned to it in state bridge records. It may have been moved to this site over the Elk River in that latter year for, as the number of automobiles and traffic increased, the state often relocated truss bridges from primary highways to local roads. The bridge has seen many changes over its life: beams have been welded to the floorbeams, connections replaced and strengthened, and the original railings supplanted. This maintenance has allowed it to survive and, in spite of alterations, the bridge remains a good example in North Carolina of a pin-connected, Pratt through truss"-NCDOT

Facts 

Overview
Pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge over the Elk River on Hicks Hollow Road (County Road 1306)
Location
Avery County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1932
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 132.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.18018, -81.96344   (decimal degrees)
36°10'49" N, 81°57'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/413364/4004363 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elk Park
Inventory numbers
NC 110125 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23217 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2014)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 20.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
70

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 9, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: edit description
  • November 15, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted August 9, 2015, by Don Morrison

Maybe all of that yellow and black signage attracts hornets. 8^)

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted August 9, 2015, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Maybe this bridge should be named the Hornet Nest bridge I'm thinking after looking at the pictuers.

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted February 23, 2015, by Anonymous

Can you tell me what this bridge was used for before it was placed over Elk River, and what year it was placed over Elk River? Thank you, Diana Trivett

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted February 23, 2015, by Pamela Dial (hotnanapam [at] att [dot] net)

Hi, could you come back and take some more pictures of the bridge, I believe it was updated last year.