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Surprise Bridge

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Surprise Truss Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in February 2010

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

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BH Photo #156257

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Description 

Substructure composed of steel bents and masonry abutments, truss legs sit on concrete pads (55-gallon drums). Top chords and end posts are channels with battens and verticals are laced angles. Diagonals in the center panels are single rectilinear eyebars, and in the flanking panels are paired rectilinear eyebars. The counters are single rectilinear tie rods.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Sewee Creek
Location
Meigs County, Tennessee
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1917 by the Champion Bridge Co.; Bypassed by new bridge in 1982
Builder
- Champion Bridge Co. of Wilmington, Ohio
Design
Pratt Bedstead truss bridge
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 55.0 ft.
Total length: 98.3 ft.
Deck width: 12.2 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 6, 1982
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.64777, -84.63296   (decimal degrees)
35°38'52" N, 84°37'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/714299/3947462 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ten Mile
Inventory numbers
NRHP 82004031 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44253 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2016: Merged duplicate pages
  • November 3, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected GPS.
  • July 26, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed
  • February 25, 2010: Added by C Hanchey

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Comments 

Ten Mile Road Bridge
Posted August 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

At least it still has it's truss legs!......most of these guys suffer from cruel amputations below the belt!!

Ten Mile Road Bridge
Posted August 15, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I had to doubletake when I saw those 55-gallon drums under the legs of the bridge :-0

Surprise Truss Bridge
Posted February 26, 2010, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

Great find!!!