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Gay Street Bridge



Gay Street Bridge

Knoxville's Oldest Bridge, a Spandrel-braced (cantilever) arch bridge built in 1897. View looking southbound

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in May 2008


Street Views 


Pratt deck-arched cantilevered truss over the Tennessee River on Gay Street
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built 1897, reconditioned 2004
- Youngstown Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
A spandrel-braced (cantilever) arch bridge with concrete deck, the only bridge of its type in Tennessee.
Length of largest span: 252.0 ft.
Total length: 1,486.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.95982, -83.91527   (decimal degrees)
35°57'35" N, 83°54'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/237084/3983421 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TN 47L37750003 (Tennessee bridge number)
TN 47L37750001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32587 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2012)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 67.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2015: Updated by Bob Davis: Added category "Tennessee River"
  • March 2, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • November 18, 2013: New photo from Shane Passmore
  • July 12, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Reoriented Street View to cross bridge
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 27, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis: Added coordinates
  • August 3, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed

Related Bridges 


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Shane Passmore - aa5te [dot] kb5ehr [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Gay Street Bridge
Posted October 19, 2008, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This bridge was extensively overhauled circa 2005 with Federal fundingand modified for safety by reducing the number of lanes and adding the new lighting and concrete curbing. It is the oldest of the four vehicle bridges in Knoxville across the Tennessee River (Fourt Loudon Lake) along with one railroad bridge.