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Morgan Chapel Road Bridge


Morgan Chapel Road Bridge

Looking south

Photo taken by Michael Miller in September 2013


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BH Photo #265888


Street View 


This bridge replaces an older span. It utilizes the steel trusses from the demolished structure strictly as a decorative element & serves no structural purpose.


Concrete Stringer bridge utilizing steel trusses from former bridge as a decorative element over Pacolet River on NC 1517
Polk County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
Concrete stringer
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 92.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Also called
Pacolet River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.21556, -82.18028   (decimal degrees)
35°12'56" N, 82°10'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/392578/3897585 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
NC 1490019 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23307 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 6, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 4, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller



Morgan Chapel Road Bridge
Posted September 9, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And this replacement bridge actually had some thought put into it. Instead of just slapping the trusses on a slab they really did a good job with the overall design and made them stand out nicely.

Not as good as rehabilitating the truss bridge itself... but better than nothing.

Morgan Chapel Road Bridge
Posted September 9, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The truss bridge was listed as built in 1920 and rehabilitated in 1961. The current bridge is indeed a pre-stressed concrete box beam. Trusses likely placed as decorations as mitigation for Section 106. While this is not a form of preservation, for a Section 106 mitigation, I consider this a good outcome since some original bridge material is saved.

Morgan Chapel Road Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Agree. Concrete box beam, with 1930's or so warren pony truss webs an decoration. I suspect it was a "compromise", allowing the engineer to use a "safe" concrete span, but quiet the noise from the folks wishing their truss bridge was still there. A mutt bridge.

Morgan Chapel Road Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

You nailed it. The trusses are decorative. It might be a box beam from the looks of the underside.

Morgan Chapel Road Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I will preface this by saying that I'm not an engineer, but do not believe this is a truss bridge. Does it have trusses? Yes. There used to be a truss bridge here. I know this because I have crossed it before, but they demolished the truss bridge & built this new bridge just a few years ago. It appears as if they kept the steel from the old truss bridge & incorporated it into the design so that it is strictly ornamental and not structural. This is actually a concrete stringer bridge now. I tried doing some online research, but I couldn't find anything relating to the construction of this bridge.

Perhaps a real engineer or someone who knows more about bridges than I do can look at the pictures I've added and either confirm or deny my theory.