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Market Street Bridge




Photo taken June 2005 by James Adorno


Street View 


Bascule bridge over Tennessee River on Market Street (State Highway 8) in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
Rehabilitated in 2006
Built 1917
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Bascule Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 358.8 ft.
Total length: 1,894.5 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 2010
Also called
Chief John Ross Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.05897, -85.30909   (decimal degrees)
35°03'32" N, 85°18'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/654195/3880889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TN 33SR0080007 (Tennessee bridge number)
NRHP 10001047 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32545 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2017: New photos from Matt Dunmore
  • May 3, 2017: New photos from Chris Simmons
  • March 22, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 8, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 5, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 2, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 23, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added Google Street View
  • July 7, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • October 10, 2005: Posted photos from James Adorno


  • James Adorno
  • Wikipedia
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Eddie Douthitt - eddied1962 [at] charter [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Chris Simmons - atlanta_bulldog_red [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matt Dunmore


Market Street Bridge
Posted September 1, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Another video about the bridge. Says it operates four times per year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwudftErMUo

Market Street Bridge
Posted May 24, 2013, by Kenton Dickerson (kentondi [at] comcast [dot] net)

Video of bridge in operation.


Market Street Bridge
Posted November 10, 2008, by Alan Walker (awalker1829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Market Street Bridge is also known as the "Chief John Ross Bridge" for Chief John Ross, the last leader of the Cherokee Nation before their removal in the 1830s. His trading post sat on the south bank of the river near present day Ross's Landing.

Market Street Bridge
Posted December 15, 2007, by chris sharp (chris_03262003 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

hope that it has been refurbished up there in that area of tennessee sure is beautiful country side town were its located at

Market Street Bridge
Posted October 10, 2007, by LMC

Aditional Images

Market Street Bridge Picture
Posted October 10, 2007, by LMC (symone30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge Plate

Market Street Bridge
Posted February 15, 2007, by James Adorno (adorno423 [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge rehab is on schedule and scheduled to open in September 2007. I'll be there!