South Carolina Department of Transportation – Historic Iron Bridge at Glendale Shoals

Built in 1928, the Glendale Shoals Bridge served as the connector for a vibrant cotton mill community but was closed to vehicle traffic in the late 1970’s. With the bridge showing signs of deterioration from the elements, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) espied an opportunity to breathe new life into the bridge by making it a space for the community to enjoy being outside and restore it to its former glory. Engineers were able to save most of the existing structure – including this historic iron trusses – while the bridge desk was replaced with timber. This $1.7 million revitalization effort restored the bridge to its original condition – exactly what it looked like 100 years ago. Now, the community has a space to walk, bike, or just spend time together outside.