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Laurelburg Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Sorry for the bluriness of the pics, had to use a lot of zoom and didn't have a tripod with me. This bridge is in an extremely hilly area, this was about as close as we could get.

Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in November 2010

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BH Photo #188559

Map 

Description 

The Tennessee Historical Commission inventoried this bridge in 1978 and at that time, it still had a bridge plaque indicating it had been built by the Nashville Bridge Company in 1915. The plaque is not visible from the north, and if the plaque remains, it would be on the south end. The county closed the bridge and a short section of road in 1991.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Rocky River on abandoned section of Laurelburg Road
Location
Van Buren County, Tennessee
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1915
Builder
- Nashville Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
Design
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 85.0 ft.
Total length: 220.2 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.72158, -85.58823   (decimal degrees)
35°43'18" N, 85°35'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/627689/3953986 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Welchland
Inventory numbers
TN 880A1180001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 47109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/1990)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 16.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1978)
30

Update Log 

  • August 31, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Wooden deck" and added "with alternating verticals" to design
  • November 26, 2010: Added by Eddie Douthitt

Sources 

  • Eddie Douthitt - eddied1962 [at] charter [dot] net
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net