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Kentucky Avenue Arch Bridge

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Photo taken in October 2010 by Calvin Sneed

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BH Photo #180906

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Description 

In 1924, Harlan County passed a bond issue to erect three concrete bridges in or near Harlan: this bridge over the Cumberland River into the Georgetown Addition, a bridge over Clover Fork Creek near the Harlan School, and a bridge over Martins Fork in Sunshine just south of Harlan (William D. Forester, Before We Forget: Harlan County 1920-1930; printed in Harlan 1983, page 82). Of these three bridges, only this bridge remains. The Steel and Lebby Bridge Company was in operation from 1924 to 1933 (Martha Carver, Tennessee’s Survey Report for Historic Highway Bridges, Nashville, 2008, pages 205-209). So, this bridge would have been built before the early 1930s. A construction date of about 1925-1926 is estimated.

Facts 

Overview
Open spandrel concrete arch bridge over Cumberland River, Martin's Fork on Kentucky Avenue in Harlan
Location
Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built about 1925 by the Steel & Lebby Bridge Company
Builder
- Steel & Lebby Bridge Co. of Knoxville, Tennessee
Design
Open Spandrel
Concrete Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 299.8 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.84720, -83.32568   (decimal degrees)
36°50'50" N, 83°19'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/292641/4080446 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harlan
Elevation
1203 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
KY 048-C00067N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18812 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 2.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
200

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2016: Updated by Martha Carver: Changed Construction Date from 1950 to about 1925
  • October 5, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net