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Caney Fork River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by J.P.

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BH Photo #154437

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge with King "A" frames over Caney Fork River on US 70N (SR 24)
Location
Smith County, Tennessee
Status
Closed
Future prospects
Demolition in progress.
History
Built 1932; Replaced 2016
Design
Warren through truss, with King "A" connectors
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 230.0 ft.
Total length: 1,276.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.2 ft.
Also called
Benton McMillian Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.23448, -85.90909   (decimal degrees)
36°14'04" N, 85°54'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/598030/4010507 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gordonsville
Inventory numbers
TN 80SR0240013 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32704 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2013)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
3,120

Update Log 

  • January 17, 2016: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • January 14, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated future prospects.
  • July 31, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • July 31, 2014: Updated by Robert Elder: Added alternate name
  • 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
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted April 5, 2016, by Nancy Barlow (nancybarlow [at] outlook [dot] com)

I loved this old bridge and was so sad to see TDOT tearing it down. And now the new bridge is closed due to faulty cement, from what I understand. They should have just "fixed" the old bridge - it was so beautiful!! The new bridge is so blasť with no character whatsoever. Thank you, Calvin Sneed, for sharing all the wonderful pictures.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted January 19, 2016, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just couldn't let this grand ole gentleman disappear without paying homage to it.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted January 17, 2016, by Robert Elder

Hats of to Calvin Sneed for getting some great photos of this one as it was being dismantled.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted January 14, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Updated information:

http://www.newschannel5.com/news/structural-damage-closes-sm...

Apparently some hairline cracks were found in the pier caps. TDOT is hoping to have the new bridge re-opened in 90 days.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted January 14, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps the state of Tennessee should not have been so quick to start demolition. The new bridge has been closed indefinitely due to a potential problem. This is a developing story, so I would expect more details to come out soon.

http://wkrn.com/2016/01/12/bridge-over-caney-fork-river-in-s...

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2016, by resident (9cbe4890 [at] opayq [dot] com)

As of a few months ago this bridge is closed and mostly completely demolished. The actual trusses are still there but about half or more of the road has been stripped off of it and there's absolutely no access, not even on foot, unless you can jump 300+ feet from the barricades.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting article about the demolition of this bridge:

https://www.tntech.edu/news/releases/ttu-civil-engineering-t...

Apparently the bridge will be/was used to study the behaviour of truss bridges as they are taken apart.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted October 22, 2014, by Robert Elder

I drove over this bridge today. It is still open, but the new one is going up quickly. Visit ASAP if you want to see it.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You are right. I could not see those pylons from the bridge deck. I am surprised this replacement job as gotten almost no media coverage - at least not that I can find.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Robert,

I assume the bridge is still standing. I would assume at least the local newspaper would report the bridge's demolition. However, they were further along than you think when the Street View was taken. Go into the Street view and position the camera down by the Poseiden crates, and look back. You can see at least three concrete piers in place.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted August 1, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Nathan. That makes more sense. I did not notice the part about the contract being re-let. I am going to be in the area later this year, so I will try to visit this one - if it still exists. The streetview appears to be from August of 2013, and work had just barely begun. They had not even finished clearing the trees.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Robert,

I assume the completion date was adjusted when they withdrew the first letting and went with the September letting instead. However, I was not able to find what that updated date might be.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am trying to figure out the significance of the completion date of 15 September 2013. If the bids were not even let until the fall of 2012, I doubt a bridge of this size could be replaced by then.

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

TDOT apparently does not wish to let the public know it is replacing this historic bridge that could easily be rehabilitated. I could find no "public" notice of this project. However sifting through the contract data reveals the truth.

The bridge was advertised in 2012:

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS MARCH 23, 2012 LETTING SMITH COUNTY (Contract No. CNL012) Call No. 059 Project No. BR-STP-24(19), 80002-3248-94. The construction of a concrete Bulb-Tee beam bridge on U.S. 70N (S.R. 24) over the Caney Fork River (L.M. 13.38), including grading, drainage, and paving. Project Length - 0.639 mile. Completion Time - On or before September 15, 2013

The first letting was withdrawn, and finally let in September. This may have changed the completion time.

Contract Awards for Letting of September 14, 2012

CONCRETE BULB-TEE BEAM BRIDGE ON US-70N OVER CANEY FORK RVR (LM 13.38). Award: CONCRETE STRUCTURES, INC. $5,784,162.73

https://www.bidx.com/tn/proposal?contid=CNL012

Caney Fork River Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks to be some construction happening on the south side of this bridge. I could not find anything online about replacement.