Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge
Yadkin River Bridge #1
Steps leading from the bridge deck down to main street.
Photo taken by Danny (Steve) Clark
BH Photo #130890
Reposted from NCDOT
"Carrying the two lanes and sidewalk of Old US 21 over Elkin city streets, an active railroad line, and the Yadkin River, the Hugh G. Chatham Bridge was one of North Carolina's more imposing historic bridges. Its 24 spans totaled 1,509 feet in length. Rising high over the Yadkin were its two steel spans, each 151-foot-long, rivet-connected, Parker through trusses. To their south, across the Yadkin from Elkin, stood a single 49-foot-long, tee beam approach span. Twenty-one tee beam spans ranging in length from 49 to 62 feet, complete with concrete balustrades, extended to the north of the trusses. Such a large number was required to straddle streets and tracks without impeding them. The city-side approach spans were supported by two-column piers, clearly visible from city streets. The piers at the river spans also stood on two-column piers that were filled between by concrete web walls.
The bridge was built in 1931 by the State Highway Commission to improve the US 21 crossing of the Yadkin River and relieve traffic congestion over the only other crossing of the river, which stood one block to the west. That previous bridge was initially left in place, but it was subsequently replaced with a modern bridge. This bridge followed it into memory when it was demolished in 2010. The bridge was one of the Commission's larger bridge projects of the 1920s and 1930s. Like many projects on primary state highways, it was built with funding provided by the Federal-Aid Road Act of 1916. It was named after industrialist and philanthropist Hugh G. Chatham of Elkin, who passed away in 1929 at about the time its design and construction began."-NCDOT
- Through truss bridge over Yadkin River on NC 1190 / Gwyn Ave in Elkin
- Elkin, Surry County, North Carolina, and Yadkin County, North Carolina
- Built 1931; Replaced 2010
- - E. A. Wood & Co. of Andrews, North Carolina
- Two riveted Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 1,508.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
- Also called
- Yadkin River Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +36.24180, -80.84707 (decimal degrees)
36°14'30" N, 80°50'49" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/513741/4010779 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Elkin South
- Average daily traffic (as of 2001)
- Inventory numbers
- NC 1710338 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of December 2007)
- Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- February 28, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder
- August 11, 2015: Essay added by Royce and Bobette Haley
- October 20, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
- September 9, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Changed "Status"
- February 27, 2011: Updated by Chris Patriarca: Also in Yadkin County
- August 2, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge's demolition is imminent.
- May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Kim Harvey
- December 24, 2008: New photos from Danny (Steve) Clark
- Danny (Steve) Clark
- Kim Harvey
- Nathan Holth
- Chris P.
- James Gonzalski
- Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com