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Beaver Creek Bridge

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Coward Creek One Lane Bridge Upstream side

Historic bridge saved by local efforts

Photo taken by Bob Davis on February 24, 2009

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BH Photo #134140

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Description 

Solid as the Hills New Stone Arch Over Beaver Creek Nearly Completed, Knoxville Daily Journal, November 30, 1894, page 2, Probably the largest stone arch in the south or the United States, is nearing completion across Beaver creek, near John Maddens’ farm in the nineteenth civil district of this county. The bridge consists of an eighty-foot span, being the segment of a circle, 130 feet in diameter. Its weight is 200 tons. The arch has been turned and the parapet or wall over the arch is in process of completion. The bridge was designed by Prof. J. K. Payne, the well-known mathematician and engineer, and the contractors are Brady & Simpson. The bridge is as durable as the ages and is being constructed at the expense of the county. There are a few bridges with seventy-two foot spans or arches in this country, but none known of the dimensions of this bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Closed spandrel stone arch bridge over Beaver Creek on County Road C199
Location
Knox County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1894; rehabilitated 1990
Builder
- Brady & Simpson
Design
Stone Arch
Closed Spandrel
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 79.7 ft.
Total length: 147.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.96889, -84.14778   (decimal degrees)
35°58'08" N, 84°08'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/757197/3984259 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lovell
Inventory numbers
TN 470C1990003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32581 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 74.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
290

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2015: Updated by Bob Davis: Initial construction date found in a 1894 newspaper
  • June 9, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • February 25, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis: add coordinates, photos, and stone arch designation

Sources 

  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted March 13, 2011, by Barbara Guinn (barbguinn [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You have it named Coward Creek it's Beaver Creek