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Hatchie River TN 76 Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Channin Rosenthal in May 2009

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BH Photo #139731

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Hatchie River on TN 76
Location
Haywood County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1949 by the Virginia Bridge Co.
Builder
- Virginia Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Design
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 101.0 ft.
Total length: 415.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.52222, -89.25361   (decimal degrees)
35°31'20" N, 89°15'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/295652/3933293 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brownsville
Inventory numbers
TN 38SR0760027 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32565 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 11.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
2,880

Update Log 

  • March 15, 2013: New photos from Martha Carver
  • January 31, 2012: Updated by C Hanchey: Added bridge builder
  • January 2, 2011: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • May 4, 2009: New photos from Channin Rosenthal

Sources 

  • Channin Rosenthal
  • Cliff Darby - clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Comments 

Hatchie River TN 76 Bridge
Posted November 12, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Honestly Robert... The surprise for me would come if Tennessee decided to SAVE an historic truss bridge! :-(

Hatchie River TN 76 Bridge
Posted November 12, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Surprisingly, this bridge appears to be doomed:

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/50799

I have driven across it in previous years, but the road was closed when I was in the area a few days ago.

This bridge is, or perhaps was, located in a National Wildlife Refuge and was just downstream from a modern four lane concrete bridge that carries Interstate 40. I figured the Tennessee would preserve this one but apparently no such luck. It primarily carried local traffic and visitors to the Wildlife Refuge.

Hatchie River TN 76 Bridge
Posted January 31, 2010, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just noticed that this bridge is an almost identical twin to the one on Highway 104 over the Obion River in Dyer County, built just the year prior: http://bridgehunter.com/tn/dyer/23SR0200009/

The deck width and main span length are identical, and the structures are almost identical, right down to the side rails. (I have noticed some very minor differences in the pieces used on some of the bracing up top and the X in the middle panel of the truss.) The vertical clearances listed on this site for the two are about seven inches apart from one another, but I'll measure them in the field first-hand next time I'm out to see if that's the case.

I wonder if the manufacturer is the same. The plaque on the bridge over the Obion lists Virginia Bridge and Iron Co. of Roanoke, Va. I've never looked at the plaque on the one over the Hatchie the few times I've been across it. I seem to always pass through there at night or during bad weather.