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Caney Fork River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by J.P.

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BH Photo #154434

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Caney Fork River on former Lebanon-Cookeville Road.
Location
Smith County, Tennessee
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
Built 1904 by chicago bridge co. for two farmers for a toll bridge, sold to county in 1927 for $12,000, abandoned Jan 1973
Builder
- Chicago Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Design
The bridge is 703.5 feet long and 12 feet wide. It contains one 200-foot Camelback through
truss, one 110-foot Pratt deck truss, one 20.5-foot bent, one 66-foot Pratt half-hip deck truss,
five steel I-beams (from 19-25 feet long), and one 200-foot approach on masonry fill. All
trusses are pin-connected. Composition of the Camelback truss is typical. Top chords and
end posts are channels. Bottom chords and diagonals are paired rectilinear eyebars. Verticals
are small channels with lacing except hip verticals which are paired rectilinear tie rods.
Counters are paired cylindrical tie rods. Composition of the Pratt trusses is less typical but
not unique. Top chords and end posts are paired angles with lacing top and bottom, and
bottom chords are paired rectilinear eyebars. Verticals are paired angles with lacing. Diagonals
in the end panels are paired rectilinear eyebars. Diagonals in the center panels and all
counters are single cylindrical tie rods. The Camelback truss rests on a small masonry
abutment on top of a stone bluff and a pier of steel encased concrete tubular cylinders; the
remainder of the substructure is steel bents. The steel bent eastern approach contains a sharp
curve.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 171.9 ft.
Total length: 743.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.0 ft.
Also called
Old Stonewall Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.18113, -85.90822   (decimal degrees)
36°10'52" N, 85°54'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/598175/4004590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gordonsville
Inventory numbers
TN 800A1380001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32703 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2007)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
70

Update Log 

  • July 31, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • August 10, 2011: Updated by J.P.: fixed date, added sale date, and abandoned date also to history
  • March 13, 2010: New photos from James McCray
  • February 6, 2010: New photos from J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted February 15, 2016, by Rachel (ms_key23 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I visited this bridge from all angles. Didn't get a real good photo. My question is from the dead end street, is that private property belonging to the last house? Is it ok to walk along the river and get that side photo shot? I added the pictures I got today.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted February 2, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI, looks like there is a boat launch a very short distance north of this bridge. If someone has a kayak, might be a good way to get some photos of this bridge.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted August 10, 2011, by J.P.

I would agree with nathan, that the bridge needs to be reopened, and I was taking a look at the photos James & I took, and I seen what you was talking about, and yeah the deck truss does rise above the deck.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was looking at the photos of this bridge and it appears that the deck truss at the far end actually rises up above the deck at one end. Very unusual. This bridge should become a public bridge again, and all the trees around it removed so the bridge is secure and people can actually see it.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted February 7, 2010, by J.P.

this bridge is on private property, with no trespassing signs on both sides of the bridge. but on the side that we had no access to, it has a curved gurder approach and a deck truss which is at downward angle as it drops to the curved approach. It has a very thin concrete deck on it. Wish that we could have walked on it.