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McBee Bridge

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3-Span Open-Spandrel, Through Solid Ribbed Arch (Tied Arch) Concrete Bridge Across Holston River at Mascot, Tennessee

Only example of an Open-Spandrel, Through Arch (Tied Arch--also known as a Bowstring Arch) entirely concrete bridge in Tennessee. Commonly referred to as a Rainbow Bridge.

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in August 2008

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BH Photo #119538

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Facts 

Overview
Spectacular Concrete Open-Spandrel Through Arch (Tied Arch) bridge over Holston River on County Road 1262
Location
Knox County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for rehabilitation
History
1931
Builders
- Freeland-Roberts & Co. of Nashville, Tennessee (designer)
- The Southern Co. of Birmingham, Alabama (builder)
Design
3 Open-Spandrel Through, Solid Ribbed Arch (Tied Arch) Concrete Spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 222.4 ft.
Total length: 785.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.9 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Mascot Bridge
McBee Ferry Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.05944, -83.70389   (decimal degrees)
36°03'34" N, 83°42'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/256459/3993925 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mascot
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
7,610
Inventory numbers
TN 47S25050009 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32589 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2018: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 5, 2014: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • November 16, 2013: New photos from Shane Passmore
  • April 14, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • January 1, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: I found the original bridge plans through Freeland-Roberts, noting exact design of bridge
  • March 12, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis
  • August 3, 2008: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • August 1, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • 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
  • Luke
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net