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Old Bristol Highway Bridge


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


BH Photo #118904


Street View 


lost three-span Pratt through truss bridge over Watauga River on State Highway 400 (Old U.S. 19-E) in Elizabethton
Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee
Future prospects
New concrete deck bridge open alongside it.
Built 1927-29
- Tennessee Highway Department
3 Pratt through truss spans
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 10SR0370025 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32452 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

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


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


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.