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Sligo Bridge



Photo taken by Lee in April 2009



Sligo Bridge eastbound

Traveling eastbound on U.S. 70 on the Sligo Bridge across the Caney Fork River at Sligo, DeKalb County, Tennessee

Calvin Sneed

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Bridge is similar to State Highway 75 Bridge (now demolished) in Sullivan County.


Five-span Parker through truss bridge over Caney Fork on US 70
De Kalb County, Tennessee
Demolished and replaced.
Original Camelback bridge spans replaced and elevated with Parker spans in 1948 when river was impounded. Bridge now scheduled for demolition and replacement
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Washington, D.C.
Five riveted Parker through truss spans
Length of largest span: 304.0 ft.
Total length: 1,374.6 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Also called
Caney Fork River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.96583, -85.71438   (decimal degrees)
35°57'57" N, 85°42'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/615922/3980922 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sligo Bridge
Inventory numbers
TN 21SR0260021 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32495 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2013)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • June 23, 2011: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Updated with new pictures and information
  • June 22, 2011: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • December 13, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: This is actually a Parker through truss
  • July 6, 2009: Updated by Joshua Collins: added "US 70" to overview
  • April 18, 2009: New photos from Lee


  • Lee Horn
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Demolition Video


Sligo Bridge
Posted October 20, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The demolition videos are online. I am glad that I drove over it last year.

Sligo Bridge
Posted November 6, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove across this bridge yesterday in a downpour. Despite the foul weather, I can give a bit of an update on the status of the new bridge. All of the concrete pylons are in place as are most of the I-beams. You probably have a few months left to visit this bridge but don't put off your visit too long.