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Kentucky Dam

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Photo taken by James Baughn

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Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Dam impounding the Tennessee River
Location
Gilbertsville, Marshall County, Kentucky, and Livingston County, Kentucky
Status
Bridge is open to local traffic with a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path
History
Built between 1938 and 1944; Roadway added 1950
Builder
- Tennessee Valley Authority
Design
Dam
Dimensions
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
Inventory number
BH 44527 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2011)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
200

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

Related Bridges 

Sources 

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

Comments 

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:

http://www.heraldledger.com/railroad.jpg

During construction:

http://www.cjmahan.com/static/lock.php

Diagram of the entire lay-out of both bridges

http://www.hcbridges.com/beta/images//kentucky%20dam%20p%26l...

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

Thanks.