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Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

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Lake Lure Flowing Bridge After Being Closed to Auto Traffic

This was taken a year before the additon of the flower fixtures on the brige deck.

Photo taken by Michael Miller in January 2012

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BH Photo #262788

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Description 

US-64, US-74, US-74A & NC-9 all at one time or another utilized this span to cross the Broad River/Lake Lure backwaters. US-74 was replaced with US-74A when the new 4-lane freeway was completed from Rutherfordton, NC to it's junction with I-26 in Columbus, NC. Upon completion of a newer structure just feet upstream, this structure was closed & ownership transfered to the Town of Lake Lure, NC. It has since been transformed into a pedestrian bridge with numerous flowering displays and has been renamed the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Broad River in Lake Lure
Location
Lake Lure, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1925 and used as a vehicular bridge until 2011.
Design
Three-span closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 53.2 ft.
Total length: 158.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
US-64 Bridge
Memorial Highway Bridge
Broad River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.43598, -82.23475   (decimal degrees)
35°26'10" N, 82°14'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/387925/3922093 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Lure
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
1,900
Inventory numbers
NC 1610007 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23314 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
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: 89.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 2, 2014: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • July 31, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Noted conversion to walkway
  • July 31, 2014: New photos from John Imel
  • September 18, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller
  • August 15, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Concrete balustrade", "Balustrade railing"
  • August 15, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Made numerous changes due to opening of newer bridge upstream & conversion to pedestrian bridge
  • July 1, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "US 64", "US 74", "NC 9"
  • June 30, 2012: New photos from Kim Harvey
  • December 4, 2010: Added by James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Luke
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Flowering Bridge - Pictures including conversion to walkway
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Flowering Bridge - Pictures including conversion to walkway

Comments 

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Posted August 15, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Next time I am in Lake Lure, I will be sure to get newer pictures of the bridge showcasing the new flowers, etc.

Old US 176 Bridge
Posted July 1, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

I was looking at the wrong crossing of the lake (I should have used the coordinates instead of just "lake lure" in the search bar).

Old US 176 Bridge
Posted July 1, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Attached a screencap of google showing RT 64/74 Memorial Hwy bridge at west edge of Lake Lure old and new(2011) with distinctive dock to the north. I still believe Kim's photos to be of this bridge, and therefore not correct for this page.

Old US 176 Bridge
Posted July 1, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

It's not the Rt64 bridge at lake lure because that bridge is still in use and the bridge in the imagery had been replaced by a modern bridge but left in place.

Old US 176 Bridge
Posted July 1, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Kim's photos appear to actually be Route 74 Old Memorial Highway bridge across Lake Lure.

Google 35.436154,-82.235458

Old US 176 Bridge
Posted June 30, 2012, by Matt Lohry

I noticed that the bridge in the pics at the top is a closed-spandrel arch and is obviously not the correct bridge for this page. Kim, can you let us know where the bridge in the pics is, as it too looks interesting and very noteworthy...