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10/22/2013 6:01:00 AM
New Elm Grove Bridge Opened To Traffic
The New Elm Grove Bridge
(Photos by Lincoln Herald Staff)
The New Elm Grove Bridge
(Photos by Lincoln Herald Staff)
This is a photo of the temporary bridge that was utlizied until last week.
This is a photo of the temporary
bridge that was utlizied until last week.
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Lincoln Herald Staff

The Lincoln Herald’s roving photographer came upon the new Elm Grove Bridge that is now finished enough for traffic. 

A worker for the bridge company said that more asphalt would have to be added before they can say the bridge is completely finished. He also said that they rent the temporary bridge, put it together and after completion they start the new bridge. 

The new bridge has almost $170,000 dollars of aluminum metal for the guard rails to keep cars from going over the side in case of a wreck. Aluminum is a silvery white, light metallic element that is malleable, and resistant to corrosion. 

The bridge was built by Smith – Rowe LLC of Mt Airy, N.C. 

For an article and a photo gallery of the beginning of the bridge project  from September 2012 through February 2013 see the related link below. 


Brief History Of The Elm Grove Bridge

The Elm Grove Bridge in the 1930s was located in the northwest section of Lincolnton in a mill community that was built over the Clark’s Creek Section of the South Fork River. The bridge was built as part of a CWA (Civil Works Administration) project. 

The CWA was created by an Executive Order by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during his first term in office. In November 1933 the project was a $400 million measure nationwide to provide employment to impoverished families through public-works projects. The plan was short-lived as it was discontinued by March, 1934.  

In March 1934  the people of Lincolnton learned that all work with the CWA would be transferred to the ERA (Emergency Relief Administration).  

The Elm Grove Bridge was completed under the ERA with the construction being supervised by the State Highway Commission. 

Some 70 projects were completed under the ERA in Lincolnton and Lincoln County between 1933 and 1935. 

For more information on a report the Lincoln County Historical Association made on the ERA and CWA please visit their website at

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