4 votes

Wolf Creek Bridge


French Broad River Bridge No. 2

Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2008


BH Photo #134101


Street View 


Replaced old Wolf Creek Shoals Ferry at this location. Built on an incline (rises 25 feet from north shore to south shore).


Five-span combination open and closed spandrel arch bridge over French Broad River on U.S. 25, U.S. 70 (St. Highway 9)
Cocke County, Tennessee
Reopened 2/3/14
Built 1928
- AECOM of Los Angeles. California (Builder - 2011-2014)
- Bell & Associates of Kansas City, Missouri (Designer)
- R. C. Stevens Co. (Builder - 1926-28)
- Tennessee Highway Dept. (Designer - 1926)
3 Open-spandrel arches
2 Closed spandrel arches, one over railroad tracks
Length of largest span: 167.0 ft.
Total length: 629.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
French Broad US 25/70 Bridge #2
Veterans Pass Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.92110, -82.95914   (decimal degrees)
35°55'16" N, 82°57'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/323241/3976970 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Paint Rock
1194-1215 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
TN 15SR0090023 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32464 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2015)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 86.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 7, 2017: New photos from Andrew Penik
  • June 28, 2017: New photos from Andrew Penik
  • August 24, 2014: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Added completion pictures, updated statistical and engineering info
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Brian Hall: Rehabilitation Complete, updated various aspects
  • September 29, 2013: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • November 30, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge slated for heavy rehab.
  • May 28, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed name back to Wolf Creek Bridge. Calvin Sneed has researched and found that this is the proper name. Wolf Creek empties into the French Broad River not far from here.
  • May 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed the name....since it's obiviously not over Wolf Creek
  • May 16, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • July 4, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Added bridge builder
  • February 24, 2009: New photo from C Hanchey



Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted September 24, 2017, by Dave (potiukd [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is the kind of bridge they should be building today instead of the ugly utilitarian structures that have taken their place.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted July 12, 2014, by John Sherman (jstrailrunner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've paddled thousands of miles over the years and gone under many bridges. On July 9th 2014 I went under Wolf Creek Bridge. What a magnificent bridge, a work of art. I had to learn more. I spent some time under looking up, just mesmerized by its architectural beauty. I've never thought much about bridges, but this one made me stop and learn more (and post a comment). Kudos to TN for preserving the 1928 bridge.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted March 10, 2014, by Brian Hall (thomas [dot] brian [dot] hall [at] comcast [dot] net)

The bridge was reopened to traffic on Feb 3, 2014. Since then, the contractor has been removing the haul road and cleaning up the jobsite. The remainder of the concrete staining will resume soon.

French Broad River US 25/70 Bridge
Posted May 16, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have to agree with you Calvin....a magnificent structure! I think you both have done it justice with your photos.

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted May 16, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Early on a foggy Saturday morning, I went to see these magnificent arches with their open spandrels. It is as graceful in person as the pictures Mr. Hanchey had taken before. I have added several more pictures because I felt that this elegant monument needed more testimonial.

This bridge is reminiscent of the Gay Street Bridge in Knoxville, but is closer in construction and appearance to the Hammond Bridge in Kingsport (same number of arches, too). This one is much lower above the river than Hammond, though...almost half as low. Also noted the open section in the arches themselves, indicating some type of steel reinforcement.

Wonder why the powers-that-be have not named this beautiful, magnificent structure after someone? It's been here since 1928, after all, and is part of the Dixie Highway system. It pre-dates all of the other river-crosing bridges anywhere near it, but seems to be a lost flower in the forest around it.. It really deserves to be a National Historic Landmark.