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17th Street Wilderness Road Bridge


Photo taken in October 2010 by Calvin Sneed


BH Photo #180513


Street View 


The date given for this span is likely for when it was placed at this location. A pinned span with this much lacing is ca.1900 or older.


Through truss bridge over Yellow Creek on 17th Street (also known as Wildnerness Road, also old U.S. 25-E)) in Middlesborough
Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1890
Pinned Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Also called
Wilderness Road Bridge
Old Highway 25-E Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.61083, -83.71083   (decimal degrees)
36°36'39" N, 83°42'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/257550/4055124 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Middlesboro South
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
KY 007-C00072N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18708 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 26, 2018: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • November 1, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 4, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed truss type and added new information
  • October 3, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.


  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


17th Street Wilderness Road Bridge
Posted July 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very disappointed that nobody has commented further on this bridge. It is a rare pin-connected Warren through truss. It has extremely deep built-up floor beams which strongly suggest this was originally a railroad bridge.