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CSX - Tennessee River Bridge (Knoxville)

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Description 

January 12, 1893, Knoxville Daily Tribune, page 8, “The City, A number of trains crossed the river on the Marietta & North Georgia railroad bridge yesterday.”

March 26, 1892, Saturday, Knoxville Daily Tribune, No. 7943, page 8, column 1, “The Work Begins,(on the Marietta and North Georgia RR Bridge, four piers, 90 feet highest pier, longest span will be 280 feet,)” “The bridge proper will consist of two deck spans and one through span, the latter will be the longest, and will be of enormous proportions. It will be 280 feet long, and will be 50 feet high, the two end spans will be 210 feet long, and will connect with the trestle approaches. The trestle approaches will be of wood, but of a most substantial character.”

Facts 

Overview
Camelback through truss bridge over Tennessee River, Neyland Drive on CSX Railroad
Location
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1934, reconditioned 1966
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
Design
Main span: Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals adjacent 210-ft spans are deck trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 280.0 ft.
Total length: 1,051.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 50.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.94586, -83.92476   (decimal degrees)
35°56'45" N, 83°55'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/236182/3981898 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Knoxville
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)
18,270
Inventory numbers
TN 47SR1580003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 45471 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2000)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 17, 2018: Updated by Bob Davis: add date these spans were put in place.
  • November 21, 2015: Updated by Bob Davis: Original spans and piers put in place in 1892
  • October 21, 2012: Updated by Bob Davis: This was the railroad that built the bridge in the early 1900s
  • July 10, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: There are no precise street views of the bridge, so I updated the Street View to show the actual truss span
  • June 9, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • June 9, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

CSX - Tennessee River Bridge (Knoxville)
Posted August 25, 2019, by Chris stapp (10209 birch hill ln [dot] Knoxville tn)

I think it would look a lot better and might last longer if it were painted I'd also like to see it used for pedestrian traffic during football games . You could even paint it orange and White!

CSX - Tennessee River Bridge (Knoxville)
Posted November 18, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Isen't the "Description" section misleading as it obviously is referring to the bridge this one replaced? It does look as if the piers from the 1893 bridge were used in the current bridge with concrete extensions raising their height.

CSX - Tennessee River Bridge (Knoxville)
Posted November 17, 2018, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

I would like to give credit to Tony Skeen who provided the built date on a local history facebook page He says, "It was actually built in 1934. Dad was working for the L&N in the engineering department downtown when they did that."

CSX Tennessee River Bridge
Posted October 21, 2012, by Bob Davis (bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net)

This is the original L&N Railroad bridge across the Tennessee at Knoxville built in 1903. It was planned by the Knoxville Southern. Efforts by the Marietta and North Georgia and the Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern (AK&N) built the bridge. L&N got control of the AK&N and the Knoxville, LaFollette and Jellico to complete the L&N from Louisville to Atlanta using this bridge in 1904. At the same time the L&N's Knoxville Passenger Depot was being built and opened in 1905. Online see Rule's History of Knoxville at http://knoxcotn.org/about-knox-county/31-history/18-history-...