In the 1800s, bridges were the major lifelines to other parts of the county. Quicker than ferries or swimming, bridges served to link different communities separated by the Tar River. By 1830, Greenville finally got a bridge to span the Tar. The bridge was wooden and could not last very long with all the horse traffic. In the 1880s alone, the bridges were known to receive many repairs. By 1900, these bridges were in poor condition, as the included photograph illustrates. However, with the increased production of steel, Pitt County gained several steel bridges. In 1907, a steel drawbridge was constructed on Pitt Street. In 1928, a new bridge was erected at Greene Street.