6 votes

Wesson Gap Road Bridge


Abandoned Big Wills Creek Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in July 2011


BH Photo #204630


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Big Wills Creek on Wesson Gap Road in Gadsden
Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama
Collapsed during storms
Built 1918; Collapsed 2013
6 panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 129.9 ft.
Total length: 161.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.04642, -86.08586   (decimal degrees)
34°02'47" N, 86°05'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/584374/3767679 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gadsden West
Inventory numbers
AL 119 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10120 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2014: New photo from Ben Tate
  • July 20, 2011: New photos from C Hanchey
  • June 20, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Corrected GPS coordinates, added design


  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bridge Closed Article
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Wesson Gap Road Bridge
Posted February 24, 2014, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge collapsed on March 18, 2013.


Wesson Gap Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WOW!.......this poor bridge has been rode hard and put up wet!

Appears to be skewed.....in more ways than one!

I agree with Robert about the date....looks more ca. 1890 to me. Perhaps the date given was for a relocation.

Would be a cool span to save, but would almost certainly require dismantling the trusses for repairs.

Wesson Gap Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I suspect that this bridge is older than 1918. Pin connected trusses had fallen out of favor as riveted trusses became more popular. The portal bracing makes me think that the bridge could have been built in the 1880s or 1890s.

Wesson Gap Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yikes! Looks like you got there just in time.