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Tyger River Bridge


Sardis Road Bridge

View looking north.

Photo taken by Michael Miller in September 2013


View this photo at panoramio.com

BH Photo #265840

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Through truss bridge over Tyger River on S-44-16
Union County, South Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1962
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 452.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Also called
Sardis Road Bridge
Rose Hill Bridge
Rose Hill Plantation Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.61472, -81.66472   (decimal degrees)
34°36'53" N, 81°39'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/439059/3830519 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
SC 4470001600200 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 32091 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2017: New photos from Andrew Penik
  • June 3, 2017: New photos from Andrew Penik
  • March 23, 2017: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • September 5, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Alternate Names"
  • May 4, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type.



Tyger River Bridge
Posted June 24, 2017, by Joel Wyman (jwyman [at] 2242yahoo [dot] com)

I'm wondering if 1962 was the year this bridge was rehabbed which it so clearly has been. At least in the deck which probably would have been timber originally to match the timber approach supports underneath.

Tyger River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2013, by Anonymous

I agree, Matt. The general construction style is like a pin-connected - but it's riveted, so I'd guess at 1915-1930. Clearly not 1962, unless someone had the pieces for a complete bridge sitting in storage for 30+years.

Tyger River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2013, by Matt Lohry

I would argue the build date on this bridge; 1962 is more likely a relocation date--the build date is more likely in the 1910's to 1920's somewhere, looking at the design details.

Tyger River Bridge
Posted September 18, 2009, by Tom Taylor (tom [at] randomconnections [dot] com)

According to John Boyanoski's book, The Ghosts of Upstate South Carolina, the Tyger River Bridge is supposedly haunted. Known locally as "Crybaby Bridge", the area is purported to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who tossed an unwanted baby from the bridge. No historical record corroborates the incident.

Wikipedia states that the "Crybaby Bridge" tale is a common legend, and that similar stories can be found for other bridges in the United States.