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Hamby Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Matthew Ridpath


BH Photo #135180


Pony truss bridge over Hamby Creek on 9941 at the I-85 Rest Area
Davidson County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1906 by the Roanoke Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1983
- Roanoke Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Pin-connected, four-panel Pratt pony truss with buttresses
Span length: 75.1 ft.
Total length: 75.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.84278, -80.13278   (decimal degrees)
35°50'34" N, 80°07'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/578316/3966857 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lexington East
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NC 570297 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23250 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 8, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 10, 2009: New photos from Matthew Ridpath



Hamby Creek Bridge
Posted July 12, 2016, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge while located near a rest stop, it is not in the rest stop. It is located closer to the Vietnam Memorial, probably for maintenance vehicles and pedestrians stretching their legs through the wooded area to get to the memorial (although you can easily drive to it and park).


Hamby Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would assume they use this beauty to allow attendants servicing the two rest stops to get from one to another. Looks like it has been taken care of.

Hamby Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, this is an interesting little bridge. I am not terribly familiar with the company that built it, but the pins and verticals are unusual. Given its location in the middle of a rest area, it would be a prime candidate for restoration and interpretation.

Hamby Creek Bridge
Posted March 10, 2009, by Matthew Ridpath

This bridge is located between the eastbound and westbound rest areas on I-85 (where the sides of the interstate reverse, so the bridge is in the middle). According to one site, it was moved from Stoke County, where it crossed over Seven Mile Creek near Danbury (http://www.gribblenation.com/nclost/bridges/197.html). It's really a nice little bridge, and has retained its period railing and wooden deck. There was also no traffic going over it when I was there, so I was able to photograph it without being bothered. There was a sign on it that read "Authorized Vehicles Only," so it probably receives little traffic. It was in very good shape. I suppose it's one of the lucky few of NC.