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Old Salem Heritage Bridge


Looking South

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in June 2015


BH Photo #330839

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-1) There are more than 600 principal timbers in the Old Salem Bridge. All are southern yellow pine, which was a favorite of both colonial American builders and modern builders because of its strength and durability. Additionally, most of the timbers used in this bridge were reclaimed from a previous use. Not only do these timbers have tight growth rings, high heartwood concentration, and dimensional stability inherent in old growth timber, but they also have history. Some came from a demolished early 20th century fertilizer plant in Chesapeake, Virginia, while others came from the Champion Paper Mill in Canton, NC built in 1886. The oldest timbers were pulled up out of the cotton docks of Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia, where they had been used as piling for over 200 years. 2)The total cost for the Old Salem Timber Pedestrian Bridge, which was completed in December 1998, was $1,950,910. FHWA enhancement funding contributed 80%, or $1,560,728, and the state provided the 20% match, or $390,182. -Taken from the NCDOT site-http://www.ncdot.gov/programs/environment/awards/oldsalem.html


Burr arch-truss bridge over Old Salem Road on Pedestrian
Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1998
- David Fischetti, P.E.
- Fowler Jones Beers Construction Co.
Modified Burr arch-truss
Total length: 124.0 ft.
Also called
Old Salem Road Pedestrian Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.08331, -80.24216   (decimal degrees)
36°04'60" N, 80°14'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/568231/3993454 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Winston-Salem East
Inventory number
BH 68064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 16, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley


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