1 vote

Sugar Creek Relief Pony Truss Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in June 2011


BH Photo #201505



Pony truss bridge over Sugar Creek Relief on Sugar Creek Rd
Limestone County, Alabama
Closed to all traffic
Built 1947; Closed 2005
Pony Truss
Length of largest span: 73.2 ft.
Total length: 75.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.97957, -87.17632   (decimal degrees)
34°58'46" N, 87°10'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/483906/3870791 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Union Hill
Inventory numbers
AL 3015 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 48918 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2013: Updated by James McCray: adjusted gps coordinates and name of bridge
  • November 5, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • June 14, 2011: Added by Ben Tate


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2011, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

OK. Thanks for the info.

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There are other types of modular bridge. Bailey was just one type. Another type used in Europe was the Callendar-Hamilton truss. I am not sure what type of modular bridge this is here, but it does not look like a Bailey from what I can see in the photos.

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2011, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

So do you think it's a Bailey or does modular just refer to the X-shaped panels? It was built in 1947, so that would be right after WWII.

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted November 5, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

well...it's definitely modular...

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted November 5, 2011, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just added 32 photos. Now you can get a better look at its details. Let the discussion continue...

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted June 22, 2011, by Ben Tate

Sorry for the limited photo selection. I was out here by myself way out in the country. I had to walk from my car about a quarter mile to get to it. When I arrived, I heard a bunch of people being rowdy close by. I was by myself with camera equipment in the middle of nowhere, so I decided to scram without anyone seeing me. I approached it from the south. I looked at the satellite view and it seems like the road is blocked off at about the same distance at either approach. There is a pile of dirt blocking each end. People have created a path around it though, where four wheelers or maybe trucks can fit through. The path to the bridge consists of dirt and mud holes that were filled with water when I went. I may try to get out there again soon, but I figured I'd give you guys the details before you decide to go out there. I've attached a photo of the road that approaches it from the south.

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2011, by Jason Smith (jdsmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

It looks like a combination of a Bailey, Howe, and Schaper truss configuration, which would be the weirdest type one can find in the US. Bailey because the upper chord and truss represent a typical Bailey truss design, Howe because of the truss appearance, although it not widely used, and Schaper because of the endpost that are inclined and resemble a letter H when looking more closely, although the third variant is most unlikely because it was developed and widely used in Germany during the first half of the 20th century and comprises mainly of Pratt or Warren designs, as one can see in an example I wrote about the Lindaunis Drawbridge in northern Germany (available through the Bridgehunter's Chronicles). I guess the best bet is to have a closer look at the trusses and even get a photo from the side to determine what bridge type it really is. Anybody wanting to take a chance on this opportunity?


Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted June 16, 2011, by Nathan Holth

Is it a true Bailey though? Maybe its the angle of the photos, but it looks a bit different. It looks like it has inclined end posts and some weird bolts on the side of the top chord. Those are not Bailey truss details. Maybe it was a competitor "off-brand" or something.

Sugar Creek Bridge
Posted June 14, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Appears to be a Bailey Truss