Marion Memorial Bridge
Photo taken by James Adorno
BH Photo #108900
When the new Dixie Highway extension for U.S. 41 was proposed through Haletown, this bridge was built as a toll bridge and dedicated to the county's veterans on the new highway alignment (the old Dixie Highway is still State Highway 28 through Ketner's Gap and down to Suck Creek). When TVA impounded Nickajack Lake downriver, all the trusses were raised by hydralic lift 21 feet higher to allow for barge traffic on the lake's new elevated level. Although the Parker spans resemble K-Parkers, they are not K-spans. In the 1920's and 30's, Tennessee utilized the K-span concept to strengthen the state's longer Parker spans, but for financial reasons, did not incorporate the entire design into the superstructures. They are now called K-Truss Hybrids. The reference "K-truss hybrid" is a term I coined for a type of K-truss in Parker and Camelback spans that reverses the "K" in 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 Parker and Camelback spans. Closed permanently, January 9, 2012. - Calvin Sneed
- Lost 2 Parker K-Hybrid Camelback through trusses, and 2 Warren through trusses with Polygonal top chords, all riveted, over Nickajack Lake (Tennessee River)
- Marion County, Tennessee
- Built 1929; tolls removed 1947; rehabilitated 1966, and raised 21 feet higher when Nickajack Lake was impounded. Closed permanently January 9, 2012; Demolished 2015
- - Tennessee State Highway Department
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Two Parker (Camelback design) through truss main spans with K-panel hybrids;
Two Warren PTC through truss approach spans
Length of largest span: 369.1 ft.
Total length: 1,870.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 6, 2007
- Also called
- Haletown Bridge
Marion Veterans Memorial Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.02814, -85.54532 (decimal degrees)
35°01'41" N, 85°32'43" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/632701/3877130 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 07000930 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TN 58SR0020023 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32614 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 09/2008)
- Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.5 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
- May 4, 2017: Updated by Chris Simmons: This Bridge Has Been Demolished
- May 3, 2017: New photos from Chris Simmons
- May 21, 2015: Updated by Ben Tate: This bridge is now completely gone.
- May 12, 2015: New photos from Calvin Sneed
- January 25, 2015: New photos from Ben Tate
- March 2, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
- March 27, 2012: New photos from Ben Tate
- January 9, 2012: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Correction: Closed permanently January 9, 2010.. salvage is possible...pictures to come.
- January 8, 2012: New photos from Kim Harvey
- January 7, 2012: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Closed permanently January 8, 2012
- August 27, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
- April 10, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
- March 10, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added Google Street View
- February 2, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: All Parkers built in Tennessee used K-panels that made them look like K-Parkers, but they were not. They, including this one, were called "K-hybrids," but definitely Parkers only.
- January 31, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Looked at the original paperwork for this bridge. Despite the similiarities toward the middle of the 2 Parker spans, they are not K-Parker's. They're just regular Parkers.
- December 12, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: This is actually a K-Parker through truss
- March 31, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
- April 18, 2006: Posted photos from James Adorno
- James Adorno
- C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Matthew Ridpath
- Eddie Douthitt - eddied1962 [at] charter [dot] net
- Kim Harvey
- Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
- Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
- Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
- Chris Simmons - atlanta_bulldog_red [at] yahoo [dot] com