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Barren Fork River Bridge

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East Shore to West Shore, underneath easternmost span

4 Warren (PTC) through truss spans over Barren Fork River on State Highway 286. Welcome to Middle Tennessee, where most "Camelback" Warren Through Truss Bridges go to die.

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in October 2009

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BH Photo #147389

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Four-span Through Camelback, Subdivided Warren Trusses (PTC) over Barren Fork River on State Highway 286
Location
McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1930; rehabilitated 1971, replaced 2009
Builder
- Tennessee State Highway Department
Design
Four-span Through Camelback, Subdivided Warren Trusses with Polygonal Top Chords
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 142.0 ft.
Total length: 768.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Also called
Fernando C Boyd Sr Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.68083, -85.78111   (decimal degrees)
35°40'51" N, 85°46'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/610299/3949233 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McMinnville
Inventory numbers
TN 89033930001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32719 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2009)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 44.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
6,220

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 23, 2011: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge has been replaced
  • August 25, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • July 10, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • February 1, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Updated Polygonal Top Chords from records
  • December 31, 2009: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Actually, T-DOT's Region 1 Resident Bridge Engineer says these are Through Camelback, Subdivided Warren Trusses. I sent a picture for confirmation.
  • December 13, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: This is actually a Warren through truss
  • October 10, 2009: New photos from Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matthew Ridpath
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Barren Fork River Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The easy thing to remember is that TDOT's policy is to demolish and replace all truss bridges in the state. This was noted in a newspaper article a few years ago. It is extremely disappointing to know that TDOT plans to destroy an entire category of historic bridges, but I am just passing along what I heard.

Barren Fork River Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Turns out the new deck was for the new bridge that was about to start construction, replacing the through trusses. I was able to grab pictures about 2 months before the trusses were removed. T-DOT strengthened the decking and then took out the trusses, but utilized the original bridge piers.

Barren Fork River Bridge
Posted December 29, 2013, by bendboy

It's getting it's deck removed in the photos,dude.It's not getting a new one.

Barren Fork River Bridge
Posted November 10, 2013, by jayhawk

Does anyone know the story on this bridge? Google maps shows it's not there, but Calvin's photos from 2009 show it getting a new deck. Why would you put a new deck on a bridge and replace it in the same year unless some local politician got a fat kickback?

Barren Fork River Bridge
Posted December 31, 2009, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually, these spans are Through Camelback, Subdivided Warren Trusses. I sent a picture to T-DOT's bridge engineer for Region 1-Knoxville, who checked with pghbridges.com, the same place I use.