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Tuckasegee Swinging Bridge

Tuckasegee Swinging Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 3, 2020

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Tuckaseigee River
Rural: Jackson County, North Carolina: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Roanoke Bridge Company of Roanoke, Virginia (Builder of Salvaged Parts)

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
135 Feet (41.1 Meters)
Structure Length
270 Feet (82.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a representative example of a crude swinging bridge built to provide pedestrian access to remote areas in the mountains. Such bridges can be found throughout the Appalachian region. Some examples have towers that are even built using salvaged parts from replaced bridges. This appears to be one such bridge. The bridge has a 1906 builder plaque for the Roanoke Bridge Company on it however it is assumed the plaque refers to the bridge from whose parts this footbridge was built. The actual bridge seen here was unlikely to have been built by the company and is likely far newer than 1906 as a result. Due to its light design and lack of stiffening, this bridge qualifies as what is known as a "swinging" type suspension bridge, and the bridge accordingly moves significantly under the weight of individual people. This bridge stands out for its triple tower suspension design, with the center tower situated on a tiny island. This bridge type is not common in North Carolina, but many examples can be found in the mountains of Virginia. Like many of the crude suspension footbridges of Virginia, this North Carolina is also, amazingly, a state-owned bridge!

This bridge appears to be incorrectly listed on Google as the Barkers Creek Bridge, which is a highway bridge on this same river to the south near the mouth of Barkers Creek.

Lengths given are rough estimates.



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