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Cape Fear River Bridge


Main Truss Span

Downstream of the Bridge

Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath


BH Photo #133878


Street View 


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Cape Fear River on NC 11
Bladen County, North Carolina
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1952; replaced 2016
Riveted Pennsylvania through truss with concrete tee beam approach spans
Length of largest span: 251.0 ft.
Total length: 1,236.9 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.39639, -78.26778   (decimal degrees)
34°23'47" N, 78°16'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/751171/3809492 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
NC 170012 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23221 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 2, 2017: Updated by scott b.: Bridge demolished, bypassed by new bridge, check satellite view for proof
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • March 24, 2009: New photo from Matthew Ridpath
  • February 21, 2009: New photo from Matthew Ridpath


  • Matthew Ridpath


Cape Fear River Bridge
Posted February 21, 2009, by Matthew Ridpath

I recently kayaked out to this bridge and found it to be a really neat sight as you make your way around the bend in the river. Correct me if I am wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is a Pennsylvania truss. It's probably the second longest fixed truss span in the state (which has almost zero truss bridges), after the Cape Fear River bridge on Tar Heel Ferry Road (NC 1316). Supposedly this is the bridge's final year, so take any photos of it soon! I will try to get some shots of the portal and plaque another time. It really disgusts me how this state, which has so few interesting bridges, has squandered the ones it has. Not surprisingly, this part of the river will be a lesser place with a UCEB. And the detour won't be very fun either, as the nearest crossing is a ferry, while the closest fixed crossings are in Wilmington and Elizabethtown. If only they had maintained it! As the pictures show, it probably hasn't had a thing done to it since 1952.