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Upper Hurricane Road Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in June 2012

BH Photo #233996


Additional History: Probate judge of Madison County, Judge Lawler, was murdered and thrown off of this bridge in 1916.

Location Information: The current location of this bridge is now in Sharon Johnston Park in city of New Market. Estimated bridge location based on visual review of TV News Reports: 34.896302, -86.445062


Pony truss bridge over Hurricane Creek on Upper Hurricane Road
Madison County, Alabama
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1910 near Ditto Landing; moved to Upper Hurricane Road in 1960s; moved to Sharon Johnston Park August 13, 2019.
Warren pony truss with all verticals
Span length: 50.9 ft.
Total length: 50.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.91922, -86.35883   (decimal degrees)
34°55'09" N, 86°21'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/558565/3864272 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
King Cove
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
AL 18 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 10171 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge history, construction date, status of relocation.
  • June 24, 2012: New photo from Ben Tate
  • September 6, 2011: Updated by Ben Tate: fixed coordinates


Upper Hurricane Road Bridge
Posted August 15, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Some good news, this bridge has been relocated and is being preserved. The TV reports provided some additional history of the bridge and I have estimated the new location based on review of camera shots to be here: 34.896302, -86.445062



Upper Hurricane Road Bridge
Posted September 25, 2017, by Bill Robinson (modeltt [at] msn [dot] com)

This is a great back roads type bridge to explore. I cross it several times a year in my Model T. Here is a YouTube video of the old bridge in a 1926 Model T Tudor Sedan.