Carolina Lost: Bridge No. 228 - Iredell County
Bridge No. 228 What: truss Bridge over Rocky Creek
Where: Huie Road near Union Grove
Accessibility: Easy (Note: Bridge is Scheduled to be Replaced)

Not far from the modern highway of Interstate 77 sits a nearly one hundred year old single lane truss bridge.  This bridge, known as 'No.  228', carries Huie Road over Rocky Creek.  The bridge, which was built by the Converse Bridge Company of Chattanooga, TN, sits quietly on the winding dirt road in Iredell County. 

No. 228 was built around 1910 and was later moved to its current location sometime in the mid-1920s. (1)  It's original home is unknown.  Currently, the state wishes to replace the 121 foot long structure; however, it would like to see the bridge have a new home.  If you go looking for this one-lane wonder, it may have been moved to a local park or historical society.  Since 1978, NCDOT has a policy of replacing truss bridges if they are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. (1)  Although the bridge is currently not registered, the state is actively looking for a new home for the bridge.

Directions:

  • Take NC 901 North from I-77. 
  • One mile to a left onto Pioneer Road. 
  • Follow Pioneer Road to it's end at a stop sign and turn left onto Sloans Mill Road. 
  • Follow Sloans Mill Road to Huie Road
  • Right on Huie Road to Bridge

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    All Photos Taken By Adam Prince; February 5, 2005.


    The narrow 12 1/2 foot wide wooden deck. Rocky Creek. Bridge No. 228 sits quietly in winter.
    Huie Road winds away from Bridge 228. The simple design of the truss bridge. More simplicity that has led to nearly 100 years of solid use.

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    Sources & Links:

  • (1) Wellin, Kathyrn. "Can this old bridge be saved?" The Charlotte Observer. January 19, 2005

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    Page Created: March 6, 2005
    Last Updated: January 6, 2008

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