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Old Bristol Highway Bridge

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3-Span, Pratt Truss Bridge on State Highway 400 over Watauga River, Elizabethton

Now demolished, new concrete deck I-Beam bridge built beside it.

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2008

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BH Photo #118904

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Facts 

Overview
lost three-span Pratt through truss bridge over Watauga River on State Highway 400 (Old U.S. 19-E) in Elizabethton
Location
Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee
Status
Demolished
Future prospects
New concrete deck bridge open alongside it.
History
Built 1927-29
Builder
- Tennessee State Highway Department
Design
3 Pratt through truss spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 101.3 ft.
Total length: 392.6 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
Also called
Watauga River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.35528, -82.22389   (decimal degrees)
36°21'19" N, 82°13'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/390188/4024050 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elizabethton
Inventory numbers
TN 10SR0370025 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32452 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2007)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
12,390

Update Log 

  • June 2, 2013: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • September 6, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 27, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger

Comments 

Old Bristol Highway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A sad day indeed. When the state goes through with dismantling our local legend (http://www.bridgehunter.com/la/rapides/red-71/) I'll be sure and record the violence. Every one of these thru-truss bridges we lose is one more piece of character in every area.

Old Bristol Highway Bridge
Posted September 6, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is no longer with us. I happened back up on it and grabbed some pictures, just as the last magestic span was being dismantled. There were many people stopping to catch one final glimpse of it. It was like losing an old friend, watching a member of the family die a slow death.