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Little River Swing Bridge


Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath


BH Photo #133005


Street View 


Warren through truss swing bridge over Intracoastal Waterway on S-26-20 (formerly US 17) in Little River
Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1980
Riveted Warren through truss swing bridge
Length of largest span: 215.9 ft.
Total length: 264.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
Sea Mountain Highway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.85169, -78.65625   (decimal degrees)
33°51'06" N, 78°39'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/716838/3748183 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
SC 2670002000100 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 32033 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 51.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Fix name
  • March 23, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.
  • February 4, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath


  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Little River Swing Bridge
Posted April 9, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is infamous among locals due to its reported tendency to get stuck in the open position whenever there is a dramatic and quick change in temperatures in the area.

Additionally, there have been reports that the bridge will not begin to open for a vessel if there are kayaks or canoes etc. underneath the bridge, which in turn causes much longer delays for both automobile traffic and marine traffic. If you are in a hurry, take the high-rise bridge.

I visited the area many, many years ago, and I remember seeing this bridge and experiencing the latter situation, but not the former situation.