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Wil-Cox Bridge

Photos 

One Span

Its companion span, the twin railroad bridges, and the I-85 bridge are in the background

Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath

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BH Photo #135497

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete deck arch bridge over Yadkin River on US 29 South, US 70 West, and NC 150 West (formerly NC 10: the Central Highway)
Location
Rowan County, North Carolina, and Davidson County, North Carolina
Status
open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1922
Design
Seven open-spandrel arch spans
Four tee-beam approach spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 1,298.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.72276, -80.39155   (decimal degrees)
35°43'22" N, 80°23'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/555029/3953369 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Salisbury
Inventory numbers
NC 1590046 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23313 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2008)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 13.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
2,700

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2016: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • March 13, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Now open to pedestrians
  • April 13, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now closed to all traffic.
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • April 7, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath
  • March 16, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath
  • March 10, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added routes US 70 and NC 150

Sources 

  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Nathan Holth
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Wil-Cox Bridge
Posted March 14, 2010, by Ann Brownlee (whigkid [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Davidson County has decided, after lengthy negotiations with NCDOT, and for the second time, to accept ownership of the bridge when NCDOT abandons it. This is probably still several years away. Davidson County will convert it to pedestrian/bicycle use.

Yadkin River Bridge
Posted April 5, 2009, by Ann Brownlee (whigkid [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

I forgot. The Wil-Cox Bridge, and both Norfolk Southern rail bridges, have been determined eligible for the National Register. And can you please place this bridge under the "open-spandrel arch" category, and all three, plus the Swift Island Bridge, on the Yadkin - Pee Dee River?

Yadkin River Bridge
Posted April 3, 2009, by Ann Brownlee (whigkid at bellsouth dot net)

Wil-Cox Bridge during construction

Photo property of Ann Brownlee

Yadkin River Bridge
Posted April 3, 2009, by Ann Brownlee (whigkid at bellsouth dot net)

Five Yadkin River Bridges

front to rear:

1922 Wil-Cox Bridge

1951 US 29/70 bridge

1906 Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge

1919 Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge

1956 I-85 Bridge

Photo by Ann Brownlee

Yadkin River Bridge
Posted April 3, 2009, by Ann Brownlee (whigkid at bellsouth dot net)

Wil-Cox Bridge, four spans

Photo by Ann Brownlee 2004, from Davidson county bank