North Carolina is home to more than 200 historic bridges spanning a wide range of materials and types, from timber stringer to metal truss to concrete arch.
They were identified as part of the North Carolina Historic Bridge Inventory project, which surveyed more than 5,000 bridges erected from the 1890s to 1961 on the state’s highway system. The inventory was a cooperative, interagency effort of the N.C. Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Division of the Federal Highway Administration, and the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
These agencies have joined again to further open the state’s historic bridges — from highly visible swinging spans near the coast to T-beams straddling narrow streams and gorges in the piedmont and mountains — to the public eye. Welcome to the North Carolina Historic Bridges website.