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Smith Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath in December 2008


BH Photo #129791


Street View 


" This bridge utilizes the most common of the two movable-span technologies: it is center-bearing and therefore rotates around a central pivot pier set in the waterway. This swing-span design is lighter and more easily operable than the rim-bearing alternative.

Swing-span bridges can be built with different types of substructures. The central swinging span of this structure is a 173-foot-long, eight-panel, riveted Warren through truss. With its two northern tee beam approach spans, the bridge's total length is 248 feet. The truss has built-up chords of channels with cover plates or lacing. The verticals and some of the diagonals are rolled sections, which is an original detail. Due to impact damage from over-height trucks on several occasions, the bridge's portal bracing and some of the upper laterals have been replaced in kind. The state also replaced its deck and stringers in 1962 and strengthened its floorbeams with welded beams in 1982. The essentials of its type, however, remain intact."-NCDOT


Swing bridge over Smith Creek on Castle Hayne Road in Wrightsboro
New Hanover County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1962
- T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro, North Carolina (Contractor)
Riveted polygonal Warren through truss swing span (inoperable)
Length of largest span: 171.9 ft.
Total length: 248.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.25889, -77.93894   (decimal degrees)
34°15'32" N, 77°56'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/229377/3794771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Castle Hayne
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
NC 1290029 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23299 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
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: 42.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 6, 2017: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 24, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 11, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: builder-description
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • December 7, 2008: New photos from Matthew Ridpath


  • Matthew Ridpath
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Smith Creek Bridge
Posted December 7, 2008, by Matthew Ridpath

I recently traveled out to this bridge and found out that it's no longer a functioning swing span, so it remains in the closed position. Also, US 117 and NC 133 no longer go over the bridge. US 117 travels into Wilmington on College Road, then heads east on Shipyard Blvd, terminating at the state port. NC 133 has been routed onto the limited access Martin Luther Parkway, which crosses over this creek not far south from this bridge (it can be seen in one of the photos). I really hope that by taking a large amount of thru traffic off of it this bridge's life will be extended somewhat. It really looks neat against the water and it would be a shame to have it replaced with a slab. The deck is definitely worn down because you can see the reinforcement coming through.

Smith Creek Bridge
Posted June 17, 2007, by Tom S. (thomass [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

Photo taken June 17, 2007.