2 votes

Wolf Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Zachary S in April 2015


BH Photo #322063


Street View 


Pony truss bridge over Wolf Creek on Lockhart Hill Road
Walker County, Alabama
Open to traffic
Built 1960; rehabilitated 1991
Pony truss fashioned from recycled bridge parts.
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 80.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.73871, -87.46023   (decimal degrees)
33°44'19" N, 87°27'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/457368/3733280 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
AL 6887 (Alabama bridge number)
BH 65854 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.5 (out of 100)
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Alabama (957)
Built 1960 (319)
Built during 1960s (1,980)
Have street view (26,251)
Open (39,221)
Owned by county (20,395)
Pony truss (15,995)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,891)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,479)
Truss (32,183)
Walker County, Alabama (51)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2015: New photos from Zachary S
  • February 4, 2015: New Street View added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Zachary S


Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted May 13, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree CV... I think the "Trusses" are serving more as railings on this span.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted May 13, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

With no visible tension members forming a lower chord I don't believe this bridge forms a truss. With the pier under the center beam the load is all carried on the timber stringers.

I wonder if this was built with lower chords which were removed when the center pier was added or whether it was built like this, in which case I'll withhold further comment.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted May 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Now THIS is a Mongrel Bridge!

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

looks like a makeshift bridge. they used spare parts from a metal scrap pile.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted April 11, 2015, by Zachary S

This... is a weird bridge. It looks like it was made by putting together random truss parts, and I don't even think it functions as an actual truss.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted February 9, 2015, by Zachary S

How have I never noticed this?! And so close to home! I'll have to go out and document it sometime. With the loss of the Smith Chapel Road Bridge, this now becomes the only non-modern pony truss bridge known to exist in the county. I didn't even know it existed.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2015, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

There is something fishy about this bridge, one truss looks completely different than the other.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2015, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

looks like this bridge is older than what the NBI claims.