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Rocky River Bridge

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A One Lane Bridge On Rocky River

Uploaded on Oct 18, 2011 A One Lane Bridge On Rocky River

Chatham Church Road at Rocky River Chatham County, North Carolina

- - - Buit By Atlantic Bridge Co Charlotte, NC 1921 N104 - - -

$17,360.00 in 1919 had the same buying power as $230,602.88 in 2011.

Date: 10 OCTOBER 2011

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Description 

"The bridge was built by the Atlantic Bridge Company, which was based in Roanoke, Virginia and maintained a branch office in Charlotte. Atlantic Bridge is not known as an innovative builder and this bridge shows that the company was marketing the outdated pin-connected truss type to North Carolina county governments in the 1920s. It was such practices that led many Good Roads advocates to promote the takeover of local road and bridge oversight by professional civil-servant engineers and highway departments."-NCDOT

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Rocky River on NC 1953
Location
Chatham County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1921 by the Atlantic Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1959
Builder
- Atlantic Bridge Co. of Charlotte, North Carolina
Design
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 360.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.62417, -79.19944   (decimal degrees)
35°37'27" N, 79°11'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/663055/3943756 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
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Inventory numbers
NC 370147 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23242 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 19.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
470

Update Log 

  • April 2, 2017: New video from scott b.
  • July 16, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • March 10, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath

Sources 

  • Matthew Ridpath
  • John Reidy
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Rocky River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2015, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Answer to an old thread on this bridge.

"The bridge was built by the Atlantic Bridge Company, which was based in Roanoke, Virginia and maintained a branch office in Charlotte. Atlantic Bridge is not known as an innovative builder and this bridge shows that the company was marketing the outdated pin-connected truss type to North Carolina county governments in the 1920s. It was such practices that led many Good Roads advocates to promote the takeover of local road and bridge oversight by professional civil-servant engineers and highway departments."-NCDOT

Royce

Rocky River Bridge
Posted March 11, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reply to Nathan:

Interesting comment. Perhaps the plaque might indicate when the bridge was moved intstead of when the materials were fabricated.

Rocky River Bridge
Posted March 11, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not saying this is the case here, but sometimes bridge companies may have stockpiled old bridges and sold them to customers as an inexpensive option for roads where a brand new cutting edge bridge was not needed. Here is a bridge I documented that has a plaque listing 1900 on it, yet the bridge stylistically dates to c. 1880 or earlier, with threaded rod and nut connections, cast iron endpost connection assemblies, and star iron members for outriggers. http://www.historicbridges.org/pennsylvania/milford/index.ht...

The point is that sometimes plaques are not the final word on construction date.

Rocky River Bridge
Posted March 11, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a particularly interesting bridge because it has a construction date of 1921, but features eyebars and pinned connections. If it did not have a plaque confirming the year of construction I would have guessed that it would date from about 1900-1910.

I am not familiar with the Atlantic Bridge Co. Perhaps they were a localized company. This bridge is a great find!

Rocky River Bridge
Posted December 13, 2009, by Matthew Ridpath

During my last visit to this bridge (12/7/09) it was having its deck replaced on the main span. I suppose this means that it won't be replaced in the near future.

Rocky River Bridge
Posted February 3, 2007, by Tom S. (thomass [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

Photos taken February 3, 2007