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Old Grand Dad Road Bridge


Photo taken by J.P.


BH Photo #218981



Former Entrance to Jim Beam Distillery


Deck truss bridge over Elkhorn Creek on Old Grand Dad Road
Franklin County, Kentucky
Open to pedestrians
Steel Stringer
Inverted King Post Deck Truss added for additional support
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.21264, -84.80954   (decimal degrees)
38°12'46" N, 84°48'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/691770/4231676 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Frankfort East
Inventory number
BH 49953 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (15,719)
Franklin County, Kentucky (18)
Kentucky (1,325)
Open to pedestrians (4,220)
Owned privately (1,723)
Preserved (1,187)
Steel stringer (6,222)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by J.P.: changed design
  • October 29, 2011: Added by J.P.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


Old Grand Dad Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This looks like a simple girder with a kingpost truss "strongback" to increase the load rating of the girder. I don't know if the term, strongback, is used in bridge vocabulary, I was introduced to the term in the roofing and construction industry.

Old Grand Dad Road Bridge
Posted November 15, 2011, by J.P.

Any recommendations on what to set the design of this bridge for, King Post Deck truss or go with girder?

Old Grand Dad Road Bridge
Posted October 31, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a very strange bridge. It seems like a girder/floorbeam system sort of bridge with some inverted kingpost truss aspects to it as well.

Old Grand Dad Road Bridge
Posted October 29, 2011, by J.P.

Any Ideas on if this is actually a deck truss or just a odd looking girder bridge. Never seen anything like it. I listed it a deck truss but feel free to change it if its something else.