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J. M. Walters Bridge

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The U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge, west side looking northeast

One of the most unusual cantilevered through truss bridges around. Jefferson-Cocke County line is in the middle of the Camelback span

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in September 2008

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BH Photo #123093

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Description 

The official bridge type of this lost bridge, as defined by T-DOT bridge inspectors, is a Warren (with verticials) Balanced Cantilevered Camelback Pratt K-Truss Hybrid bridge. The reference "K-truss hybrid" is a term I coined for a type of K-truss Camelback that reverses the "K" appearance to the left of the center of the truss span. The former Tennessee Highway Department only built 10 of these bridges. All are now gone. The Tennessee Department of Transportation now recognizes the term "K-Hybrid" I coined, in describing this particular type of construction in a Camelback span.

Facts 

Overview
Warren (w/verticals) Balanced Cantilevered Camelback Pratt K-Truss Hybrid (official type) bridge over French Broad River (Douglass Lake) on U.S. 25-E
Location
Jefferson County, Tennessee, and Cocke County, Tennessee
Status
Demolished and replaced.
History
Built 1934, Lost 2017
Design
One of the strangest designs for a cantilevered through truss bridge ever. The cantilevered sections on either side of the Pratt through truss channel span, are not welded with massive steel as most cantilevers, but merely several steel beams designed to only connect the three spans together. A very unique cantilevered through truss style bridge.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 205.4 ft.
Total length: 1,765.2 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Highway 25-E bridge (locally)
J.M. Walters Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.04417, -83.25667   (decimal degrees)
36°02'39" N, 83°15'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/296708/3991203 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
White Pine
Inventory numbers
TN 15SR0320011 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 37371 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2015)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 84.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
7,290

Update Log 

  • March 20, 2017: Updated by Nathan Holth: Demolished and replaced.
  • May 31, 2016: New photo from Jedd
  • November 13, 2015: New photos from Robert Elder
  • September 7, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 7, 2015: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Doomed"
  • April 8, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • April 24, 2009: New photo from Christopher McCarter
  • September 26, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • September 7, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

Comments 

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted March 22, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you as always Mr. Baslee!

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge now gone
Posted March 22, 2017, by Calvin Sneed

This elegant bridge is no longer with us. Blown into the water on Monday, March 20, 2017. RIP.

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2016, by Thad Osborne (tgo1330 [at] comcast [dot] net)

I visited the site in early January 2016. The new bridge will probably be complete and open to traffic late this year. Charles Blalock & Sons of Sevierville, TN, is the contractor. Another great old landmark soon to go, so we can move house trailers more conveniently.

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted October 22, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I decided to visit this bridge today as I was in the area. Most of the I-beams are in place for the new bridge. The center span of the new bridge still has no beams. The old bridge is still open to traffic and I would guess that you still have at least a few months left to see it. If you are driving by on I-81 or I-40, you should plan to visit while you still can.

I took a couple quick snapshots. I will upload them when I get a chance.

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted September 7, 2015, by Matt Lohry

Robert,

That was the most hilarious sentence ever! You used "Tennessee" and "Preserve" in the same sentence! I don't know whether to laugh hysterically or cry bitterly...

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted September 7, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If you look at the latest Google Streetview, you can see some nice shiny new concrete pylons rising from the river. I would say that this one is doomed unless Tennessee has plans to preserve it.

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted December 20, 2012, by Thad Osborne (tgo1330 [at] comcast [dot] net)

The Walters Bridge is in its original locataion, but was raised in 1942 due to the construction of the TVA Douglas Dam. Each truss span was lifted by cranes and set aside while conrete extensions were added to the piers. The highway (part of the Dixie Highway) was also realigned from the bridge south through Dutch Bottoms. The river here is the boudary between Jefferson and Cocke counties.

U.S. 25-E French Broad River Bridge
Posted July 10, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Reoriented Street View to go from south shore to north shore, so view doesn't pick up from the middle of the bridge.