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Chaplin River Bridge



This is a nice truss bridge with a rare Pratt/Bedsted Truss combination.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chaplin River on Deep Creek Road
Mercer County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Available for reuse
Built 1915
- Empire Bridge Co. of Lexington, Kentucky
Main span: Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Approach: Pin-connected, 4-panel Pratt bedstead pony truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 233.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.73639, -84.95861   (decimal degrees)
37°44'11" N, 84°57'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/679877/4178529 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
KY 084-C00013N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18899 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
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Update Log 

  • April 24, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status to Lost as per forum post.
  • May 1, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed. Available For Reuse.
  • May 3, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is not on the National Register of Historic Places, added builder
  • February 5, 2008: New photos from James McCray



Chaplin River Bridge
Posted April 26, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I know, right? The new bridge is so ugly and boring. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😣😡😣😡😡😡😡😡😡😣💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤👺👺👎🏿🚷🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌‼️⁉️⁉️⁉️🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫👺🚫🚫😡😡😡⁉️😡😡😡😡⁉️⁉️😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 I have the ugly bridge song. it goes There, was a bridge across the creek and ugly was the bridge oh, U-G-L-Y, U-G-L-Y, U-G-L-Y, and ugly was the bridge,oh. etc. to the rhythm of bingo.

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted April 24, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What a waste!

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted April 24, 2017, by M Cox (trock859 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Replacued by yet another Ugly Concrite Eyesore Bridge (UCEB).

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted June 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The demo/replace project went to bid March 20, 2015.

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Brian (catbus420 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's been about a year since that article. Anybody know what's happened since?

Chaplin River Bridge
Posted May 1, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This magnificent historic bridge with its unique approach spans is slated for demolition! http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/27/2617901/historic-mercer-c...