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US62 Cumberland River Bridge


Cumberland River US 62 Bridge

Taken from Lake Barkley Dam

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in February 2007


BH Photo #127229

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Cumberland River on US 62
Livingston County, Kentucky, and Lyon County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1952
Cantilevered Warren through and deck truss
Length of largest span: 350.0 ft.
Total length: 1,466.5 ft.
Deck width: 24.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Eureka Highway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.03028, -88.22667   (decimal degrees)
37°01'49" N, 88°13'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/390896/4098934 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grand Rivers
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
KY 070-B00065N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18872 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 16, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 10, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed main span to approximate (but more accurate) length.
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • August 17, 2013: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 26, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • November 22, 2011: Updated by J.P.: updated location to reflect bridge crosses county line
  • April 9, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 27, 2009: New photos from C Hanchey
  • November 7, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton


  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Andrew Raker
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs


US62 Cumberland River Bridge
Posted February 12, 2020, by Don Morrison

I guess I'd describe this as a continuous cantilever as opposed to the Blackhawk, which has that center supported truss between two cantilevers.

By Google Earth measure, that continuous span does appear to be 700 feet.

Navigation span or clear span is a span (as in distance) between piers(350 feet by Earth measure), rather than a span (as in a distinct structure).

US62 Cumberland River Bridge ATTENTION NATHAN HOLT
Posted February 11, 2020, by Keith Todd (keith [dot] todd [at] ky [dot] gov)

Due to the cantilevered design of this bridge, the "main span" is calculated on the length of the main truss, thus the 700 ft main span. However, due to piers that are part of the cantilevered design, the navigation span is only 350 ft. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but that's the way it is calculated.

US62 Cumberland River Bridge
Posted February 11, 2020, by Keith Todd (keith [dot] todd [at] ky [dot] gov)

This bridge is also known as the Eureka Highway Bridge.

From the official KYTC boiler plate:

The U.S. 62/U.S. 641Cumberland River Bridge is at the Livingston-Lyon County Line immediately below Barkley Dam at Lake City, KY. The 1,466 ft. cantilevered Warren through truss bridge with a 700 ft. main span and a 350 ft. navigation span was opened to traffic in 1952. Also, known as The Blue Bridge and the Eureka Highway Bridge, the structure carries approximately 7,000 vehicles in an average day. The bridge is at US 62 Livingston County mile point 2.852 and Lyon County mile point 0.0.

The Eureka Highway Bridge is located at Cumberland River navigation mile point 30.0.

US62 Cumberland River Bridge
Posted March 10, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI, I was researching the longest spanning bridges on my website HistoricBridges.org and was utterly shocked when this bridge came up high on the list. I noted I had blindly entered the NBI listed main span of 700 feet and never gave it any thought. If you actually look at the bridge its obvious this is an utterly ridiculous number. I measured the span using google maps which is surprisingly accurate, and it looks like its about a 350 foot main span. I noticed the same error existed on Bridgehunter so I fixed it here too. Its just a reminder that NBI data should always be scrutinized... if it doesn't sound right, it might not be.