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Avens Bridge


Green Springs Road Cantilever Through Truss Bridge

1 3-span continuous Warren (PTC) cantilevered through truss bridge. One of 3 cantilevered through truss bridges built by TVA after it impounded dams on rivers in East Tennessee. This one is on the Holston River, South Fork, and the embayment is South Holston Lake. View is southbound, north of VA-TN border. Others are in Jefferson County and Grainger County, both Tennessee.

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in August 2008


BH Photo #120702

Street View 


1 3-span continuous Warren (PTC) cantilevered through truss bridge over the Holston River South Fork on Denton Valley Road (VA-670, Green Springs Road)
Washington County, Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1949, raised by TVA when lake was impounded
Cantilevered Warren through truss
PTC (Polygonal Top Chords)
Length of largest span: 282.2 ft.
Total length: 969.2 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Also called
Green Springs Road Bridge
Denton Valley Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.62304, -81.97280   (decimal degrees)
36°37'23" N, 81°58'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/413017/4053497 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shady Valley
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
VA 19091 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33898 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2014)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 19, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • July 11, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • August 27, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • August 11, 2008: New photos from Calvin Sneed



Avens Bridge
Posted July 16, 2015, by Curtis Lee (clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old truss is now completely gone.

Avens Bridge
Posted March 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Avens Bridge
Posted December 20, 2012, by Thad Osborne (tgo1330 [at] comcast [dot] net)

In comparing "before" and "after" topographic maps which are now available on the USGS web site, it appears that the Avens bridge was relocated when South Holston Dam was constructed. The original location was in the Abingdon quadrangle, upstream of the current site.

At this time, it was not uncommon for bridge components, such as truss sections, to be salvaged from TVA project areas and re-cycled for use at new locations. I do not know of any specific instances in the so-called "TVA Upper Holston Projects."