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Hammond Memorial Bridge


Hammond Memorial Bridge

From north riverbank: 3-span, open spandrel, dual ribbed concrete arch bridge on former U.S. 23 (State Highway 36), over the Holston River, South Fork. The newer bridge is to the left.

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in June 2006


BH Photo #116961



Old Pactolus Ferry was located 500 feet downstream, and a 2-span Parker through truss bridge was built at the present location. This 3-span open spandrel concrete arch bridge replaced it in 1929.


Three-span open spandrel concrete arch bridge over South Holston River on State Highway 36 (southbound)
Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee
Structurally deficient, meets minimum tolerable limits to be left in place as is
Built 1929 to replace an earlier steel truss bridge near the old Pactolus Ferry; later converted to southbound traffic after parallel bridge built in 1969
- Tennessee Highway Department
Original Bridge: 3 open-spandrel, dual ribbed concrete arches, with horizontal bars molded into a modillion deck effect on each spandrel rib, along with 5 concrete deck girders, and spindle design concrete handrails.
Newer Bridge: Concrete Deck I-Beam Girder.
Length of largest span: 236.9 ft.
Total length: 916.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.2 ft.
Also called
Old Pactolus Ferry Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.49778, -82.51250   (decimal degrees)
36°29'52" N, 82°30'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/364539/4040225 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sullivan Gardens
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
TN 82SR0360008 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32713 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 53.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2016: New Street View added by Clark Vance
  • August 26, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • January 23, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • August 3, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 8, 2008: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • July 7, 2008: New photo from Calvin Sneed
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com


Hammond Memorial Bridge
Posted March 28, 2013, by WILLIAM BLACKWELL (wblackwell3 [at] cfl [dot] rr [dot] com)

Here are a few more pictures of the Hamond Bridge being built.

Hammond Bridge
Posted May 6, 2009, by WILLIAM BLACKWELL (wgbsr [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Good to see it's still standing OK and still in use. My father, R H H Blackwell, built it back in 29. Enclosed is a picture of him taken at just about the same spot as the present day photo was taken. The forms were being built for the piers and the base of one of the arches.

Bill Blackwell