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Governor Ned Ray McWherter Bridge



Concrete deck girder bridge over Tennessee River (Upper Chickamauga Lake) on State Highway 30
Rhea County, Tennessee, and Meigs County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Bridge replaces the old Washington Ferry established in the early 1900's, which itself replaced an old Cherokee Indian crossing in the 1800's
Concrete deck girder
Length of largest span: 525.0 ft.
Total length: 2,786.2 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 47.9 ft.
Also called
Highway 30 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.53624, -84.87965   (decimal degrees)
35°32'10" N, 84°52'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/692228/3934580 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 72SR0300013 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 36966 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 3, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Condense name
  • October 15, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: NBI import
  • July 10, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • August 3, 2008: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 28, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Washington Ferry Bridge
Posted October 15, 2013, by Sharon Hagan (stlhagan [at] frontiernet [dot] net)

Group of seniors from our church will be traveling this route about 10:30 a.m. November 2. I have not found a photo of "Campsite of the First Detachment of Emigrating Cherokees." So, I assume it is a marker some place near this bridge. Any info available in the way of photos would be helpful.

Washington Ferry Bridge
Posted July 10, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Changed the street view to shore to shore, instead of from the middle of the bridge.

Washington Ferry Bridge
Posted October 30, 2009, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are correct.. It is the same exact type of bridge, built by the same bridge company. This company also built the Highway 114 bridge (also the same type of bridge) over the Tennessee River at Clifton, Tennessee during which construction a bridge worker from Athens, Tennessee fell to his death into the river.

Washington Ferry Bridge
Posted August 6, 2008, by Matthew G (mhg96 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

This bridge looks like the Alvin York Bridge over the Tennessee River on SH 20,100 US 412 in Decatur/Perry Counties