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Scott Creek Arch Bridge


Original bridge was one lane.. view is on the north side of the creek looking west

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in March 2014


BH Photo #326822



Appeared in the 1993 movie "The Fugitive"


Concrete arch bridge over Scott Creek on Business US 23 in Sylva
Sylva, Jackson County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
Built 1932; rehabilitated 1985
Length of largest span: 27.9 ft.
Total length: 56.1 ft.
Deck width: 39.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.37500, -83.21528   (decimal degrees)
35°22'30" N, 83°12'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/298762/3916883 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sylva South
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NC 990077 (North Carolina bridge number)
BH 23285 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 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: 64.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 14, 2020: Updated by Luke: Corrected build date; noted appearance in "The Fugitive"
  • June 3, 2015: New photos from Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke


Scott Creek Bridge
Posted May 23, 2012, by WLM (warren [dot] lemay2 [at] mac [dot] com)

This bridge was originally a beautiful bridge, but the 1985 rehab eliminated the decorative rail on one side and replaced it with a wooden rail and separated walkway with a wooden rail on the outside of it. The rehab added another lane to the former 2-lane bridge. There is another bridge that is still all original a little further up the road going into Downtown Sylva, as well as a 1920s concrete bridge over the creek on a side street that is still all original and is very short.

Scott Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2011, by Donald Dale Milne (contact [at] roadtrip62 [dot] com)

Here's a photo of the dedication plaque on this bridge that I took in April 2011: you may use it. Of note is the date of 1932, whereas you list "Built 1939." There is another very similar bridge just east of it that is a bit more photogenic: perhaps that bridge was built in 1939? For more information on other historical aspects of US-23, please visit http://www.roadtrip62.com/.