Big Cove Road Access Bridge
Elevation View Of Luten Bridge At Oconaluftee Residence Area
Photo taken by David Haas for the Historic American Engineering Record
View photos at Library of Congress
BH Photo #310341
The Luten bridges are a significant component of the transportation system in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Providing access to the first national park in the southern portion of the United States, this network of roads and bridges is representative of NPS park road design throughout the country. The Luten Bridges were built for developed areas and not originally intended for a national park; thus, they contrast greatly with the rustic style of bridges constructed under the authority of the Park Service. For additional information on the Luten Bridges, see HAER No. TN-35, historical overview pages 118-121.
-- Historic American Engineering Record
- Concrete arch bridge over Raven Fork on Big Cove Road Access
- Swain County, North Carolina
- Closed to all traffic
- Built 1921
- - Luten Bridge Co.
Span length: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 100.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.51370, -83.29932 (decimal degrees)
35°30'49" N, 83°17'58" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/291485/3932443 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 23326 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 05/2007)
- Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 50.4 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
- December 26, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
- HAER TN-35-T - Great Smoky Mountains National Park Roads & Bridges, Luten Bridges, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, TN