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Kentucky Dam



Photo taken by James Baughn


BH Photo #232643


Street View 


At one time, the dam carried the Illinois Central along with US 41 and US 62. The rail line is abandoned and the highways have moved to a new bridge downstream from the dam.


Dam impounding the Tennessee River
Grand Rivers, Marshall County, Kentucky, and Livingston County, Kentucky
Bridge is open to local traffic with a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path
Built between 1938 and 1944; Roadway added 1950
- Tennessee Valley Authority
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 1,652.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.01167, -88.27000   (decimal degrees)
37°00'42" N, 88°16'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/387015/4096920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Calvert City
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 44527 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • May 26, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 22, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning

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  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Andrew Raker


Kentucky Dam
Posted May 28, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The "pre-oxidizing" mentioned here is likely just referring to weathering steel. While it may be odd to see it on a RR bridge, it is used frequently in highway construction.

Kentucky Dam
Posted May 27, 2010, by Madison

Not anymore. Like what they're doing all over the country, they're starting to re-route vehicular routes off of dams and making entirely new bridges of there own. You can't travel over this anymore. It has now been converted into a pedestrian walkway. But, they did build a UCEB on the river side for vehicular traffic. And, next to that, they built a 1 span Warren through truss railroad bridge. They're fairly new, they were finished in December I think.

There's a cool thing that they did with the railroad bridge that I've never seen before. They built the span on the ground, and pre-rusted it! They said by pre-oxidizing it that it'll save the state millions by not having to paint it. Huh. Anyways, someone go ahead and add these new bridges into the directory. I'm sure a lot of people from around the area would appreciate it. Thanks.

Railroad bridge:


During construction:


Diagram of the entire lay-out of both bridges


Keep in mind everything is already completed. I drove over the new bridge about a month ago.