Hidden in the swamps of the North Carolina Sandhills is a 75-plus year old treasure which has sat unused for over 50 years. This bridge which had carried former NC 24 and US 15-A is located to the west of current US 401 and crosses the Lumber River along the Chalk Banks at the Hoke/Scotland County Line.
concrete slab span is in surprisingly good shape, and south of the bridge,
a decently good amount of the old roadway is still present and wide enough
for one vehicle to drive down. The longevity of this structure may
be in part that the area surrounding the north landing of the bridge is
currently used as a boat launch site for the Lumber. The Lumber River
is a North Carolina Scenic River and also a National Wild and Scenic River.
The Lumber River bridge was replaced in the late 1940s by another concrete structure
which still carries US 401 (former US 15-A) today. The replacement
bridge lacks the simple block recess guard rail that the original crossing
has. Rather, it is carries a then-standard 'fence' guardrail design.
kept this North Carolina road treasure still standing, I do not know. Perhaps
as a 'dock' for fishing. Regardless of the reason, the old bridge
blends perfectly with the landscape.
Photos taken March 2001.
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