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The Loop

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Loop in Newfound Gap Road Coming Up the Mountain

Road continues to the left making a more than 360-degree turn

Photo taken by Bob Davis on March 15, 2009

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BH Photo #135442

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

The Loop Over Bridge is a significant component of the transportation system in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Providing access to the first national park in the southern portion of the United States, this network of roads and bridges is representative of NPS park road design throughout the country. Following its completion in November 1935, the Loop Over Bridge became an attraction in itself and has been featured on numerous postcards and souvenirs. For more information on the Loop Over Bridge, see HAER No. TN-35, historical overview pages 113-115.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Arch bridge over Newfound Gap Road on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441), formerly Indian Gap Highway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Location
Sevier County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1937
Builder
- C.Y. Thomason Co. of Greenwood, South Carolina
Design
Closed spandrel Concrete arch with stone exterior (vernier)
Dimensions
Span length: 59.0 ft.
Total length: 59.0 ft.
Deck width: 33.1 ft.
Also called
Newfound Gap Road Bridge
Loop Over Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.63499, -83.46609   (decimal degrees)
35°38'06" N, 83°27'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/276694/3946265 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mount Le Conte
Inventory number
BH 32685 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2014)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
2,364

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 8, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • December 25, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • August 18, 2013: Updated by Brent Tindall: Adjusted GPS coordinates
  • August 30, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • March 30, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: added street view
  • March 16, 2009: Updated by Bob Davis: Added photos and name including the common location

Sources 

  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER TN-35-Q - Great Smoky Mountains National Park Roads & Bridges, The Loop Over Bridge, Newfound Gap Road 8.6 miles from park entrance, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, TN
  • Dana and Kay Klein