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Hicks Hollow Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in November 2010


BH Photo #186837



"The pinned connections and appearance of this Pratt through truss bridge suggest it was erected for Avery County about 1915, rather than in 1932, the construction date assigned to it in state bridge records. It may have been moved to this site over the Elk River in that latter year for, as the number of automobiles and traffic increased, the state often relocated truss bridges from primary highways to local roads. The bridge has seen many changes over its life: beams have been welded to the floorbeams, connections replaced and strengthened, and the original railings supplanted. This maintenance has allowed it to survive and, in spite of alterations, the bridge remains a good example in North Carolina of a pin-connected, Pratt through truss"-NCDOT


Pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge over the Elk River on Hicks Hollow Road (County Road 1306)
Avery County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1932
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 102.0 ft.
Total length: 132.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.18018, -81.96344   (decimal degrees)
36°10'49" N, 81°57'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/413364/4004363 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elk Park
Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
Inventory numbers
NC 110125 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23217 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 30, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 9, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: edit description
  • November 15, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted August 9, 2015, by Don Morrison

Maybe all of that yellow and black signage attracts hornets. 8^)

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted August 9, 2015, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Maybe this bridge should be named the Hornet Nest bridge I'm thinking after looking at the pictuers.

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted February 23, 2015, by Anonymous

Can you tell me what this bridge was used for before it was placed over Elk River, and what year it was placed over Elk River? Thank you, Diana Trivett

Hicks Hollow Bridge
Posted February 23, 2015, by Pamela Dial (hotnanapam [at] att [dot] net)

Hi, could you come back and take some more pictures of the bridge, I believe it was updated last year.