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Red River Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in December 0000


BH Photo #149177

Street View 


Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Red River on US 79/TN 13 in Clarksville
Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee
Demolished and replaced.
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1969; Replaced 2011
Polygonal Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 140.1 ft.
Total length: 627.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.54167, -87.33667   (decimal degrees)
36°32'30" N, 87°20'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/469865/4044082 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 63SR0130015 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32647 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 91.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 24, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • January 21, 2011: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated status: This bridge is still standing! The 1969 steel stringer for the other direction was demolished! HAHA!!
  • January 21, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge has been demolished
  • January 10, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Updated status to Doomed
  • January 10, 2011: New Street View added by Eddie Douthitt
  • April 5, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • December 13, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: This is a Warren through truss
  • November 14, 2009: New photos from J.P.



Red River Bridge
Posted August 24, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Washington State is the same way. A swing bridge claimed to be causing massive backups when opened a few times a year is replaced with a fixed bridge exactly one foot higher than the previous one. You know that one extra foot makes all the difference I am sure. A truss bridge is said to have lanes that were too narrow and is replaced by a new concrete eyesore with the same damn dimensions. A concrete arch bridge with a single lane could be bypassed since they are planning a four lane freeway in the future anyways. Nope work begins on the removal. All examples could have been reused, rebuilt, or left in place but no scrapped instead and they all patted themselves on their backs. Heck of job ... Meanwhile millions in savings and of course history are flushed down the drain.

Red River Bridge
Posted August 24, 2011, by J.P.

I'm glad I had the chance to photograph this bridge. Very wasteful on the part of Clarksville Tn and the state its self.

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Posted August 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is how Tennessee treats our nation's transportation heritage. However, forget the history. There was not even any rust on this bridge. From a purely economical standpoint, it is disgusting to think how wasteful this demolition was. This bridge could have been moved and reused on a low volume rural road, and would have saved taxpayer dollars. Somewhere I thought I heard our nation was in a fiscal crisis. You wouldn't know it the way this country demolishes bridges that could be reused elsewhere, while also neglecting (the politically correct term is "deferring") cost-saving routine preventative maintenance of bridges.

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Red River Bridge
Posted January 21, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Thanks for the correction, Nathan, I didn't look close enough at the tiny picture that accompanied the article. I feel better knowing that the 1931 truss bridge outlasted the 1969 steel stringer! :>D

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Posted January 21, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Actually, the historic truss span featured here is for the northbound lanes. This demolition was for the southbound span which is a non-historic bridge. This bridge should not yet be listed as demolished, since it is still standing. The truss bridge will not be demolished until the southbound span replacement is complete.

Red River Bridge
Posted January 21, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

I love it...TDOT claims that the destruction of this bridge is part of their "Safe Bridges" program!! The way I see it, the new bridge is more unsafe, only because people are going to projectile vomit driving over this nasty thing, won't be able to see out their windshields, and crash! BLEEAAHHH!!!

Red River Bridge
Posted January 21, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

OK, I guess TDOT has been getting jealous over all of the awards that PennDOT and MODOT have been getting here...Anthony, how about congratulating these folks the way that they apparently want?!? :>D

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Posted January 21, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
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Posted January 10, 2011, by Greg Biggs (Biggsg [at] charter [dot] net)


This bridge is being replaced as we speak and it will be gone by the end of 2011.

Greg Biggs

Clarksville, TN