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WCLR - Intracoastal Waterway Drawbridge


ACL Intercoastal Waterway Drawbridge

Carolina Southern Railroad is about to lower the bridge in 2001 and run a train over it for the first time since 1987.

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson in 2001

BH Photo #249233


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Links to photos of drawbridge 

Written by James Norwood

This structure is easily viewable from Highway 501 which runs beside it on it's West side. Thankfully they repainted it. Restored Myrtle Beach ACL Depot located just South of bridge.



Bridge over Intracoastal Waterway on Carolina Southern Railroad (former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, Horry County Railroad, and Wacamaw Coast Line and former roadway (now unused) in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina
Closed to traffic due to the railroad being suspended by the FRA in 2011
Built 1937; Deemed unsafe 1987; Rehabilititated 1987-97; Reopened 2001; Closed 2011 due to a voluntary shutdown of the CSR
- Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL)
- Carolina Southern Railroad (CALA)
- Horry County Railroad (HCYR)
- Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL)
- Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad (WCLR)
Built to carry single rail line on one side with roadway on other. Bridge repainted in last decade, formerly derelict and rusty, condemned by county.
Also called
ACL - Pine Island Bridge
ACL - Intracoastal Waterway Drawbridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.71454, -78.92164   (decimal degrees)
33°42'52" N, 78°55'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/692588/3732444 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Myrtle Beach
Inventory number
BH 42594 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected Intercoastal Waterway to Intracoastal Waterway
  • August 29, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 17, 2013: New photo from Joseph Hinson
  • November 29, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added refined build date & refined history section.
  • November 29, 2012: New Street View added by John Marvig
  • November 29, 2012: Updated by Joseph Hinson: Edited to show that railroad is currently shut down.
  • May 21, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood



WCLR - Intracoastal Waterway Drawbridge
Posted April 5, 2019, by Don Morrison

What is and what should never be. - LOL

Yup. Intracoastal Waterway is the official name. Because it's always within the coastline, I guess.

A discussion:


WCLR - Intracoastal Waterway Drawbridge
Posted April 4, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I usually stay far away from the fierce arguments over the naming of railroads and railroad bridges on this website. But knowing how fierce those arguments have been, I got a chuckle out of seeing how apparently the naming of waterways doesn't get that level of attention. Its the IntRAcoastal Waterway not the IntERcoastal Waterway...

WCLR - Intercoastal Waterway Drawbridge
Posted February 14, 2019, by Mark Rader (markr58 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have been searching for information about this bridge for years! Im so glad to have found this site! All through the 60s, my family came to Myrtle Beach for a long annual summer vacation. This bridge was the landmark that let us know we had arrived! Two years ago, I retired to the area and now drive by it almost weekly. My memory was that this was a combination bridge with both railway and roadway. Glad to have that validated. Anyone know when the roadway was removed or modified into a pedestrian walkway? Perhaps during the 87-97 restoration? The description has the original construction date as 1937. Yet the bridge itself is inscribed with a date of 1936. Im curious why that would be? Perhaps construction was completed in 36 but it was not dedicated until 37? I have photos of the 1936 date. My thanks to all the people who have contributed to updating and maintaining the information on the website!