2 votes

PAL - New Kentucky Dam Bridge



Photo taken by James Baughn


BH Photo #232655

Street View 


Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Tennessee River on P&L Railway
Livingston County, Kentucky, and Marshall County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 2009 as a replacement for the railroad tracks across Kentucky Dam
- Paducah & Louisville Railway (PAL)
Modern polygonal Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.01794, -88.27037   (decimal degrees)
37°01'05" N, 88°16'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/386991/4097617 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Calvert City
Inventory number
BH 52553 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • November 1, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • August 17, 2013: New photo from Ben Tate
  • July 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • May 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Paducah and Louisville Railway"
  • May 26, 2012: New photos from James Baughn

Related Bridges 


  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


New Kentucky Dam Railroad Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by Matt Lohry

I do too; I think it looks very nice; much better than any UCEB! Also, this bridge was built where there was no bridge or railroad previously, meaning that it did not replace an historic bridge, which is also a big plus.

New Kentucky Dam Railroad Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by Robert Thompson

Modern. But I like it. It beats Yet Another Ugly Extruded Concrete Bridge.

New Kentucky Dam Railroad Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unlike some of the new MOB pedestrian bridges that I don't have much respect for...this is not a bad looking bridge and sure beats what could have been built here.

I still like seeing truss bridges painted, but since this is a process that is rarely performed with any regularity...it makes sense to produce ones that are low maintenance.

New Kentucky Dam Railroad Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by Jim Lueken (lueken [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

These new bridges are not 'just rusting out'. They are made from 'weathering steel' also known by the popular brand name CorTen steel. Only a thin outer layer rusts and then the rust coating actually prevents further corrosion. It's very strong, long lasting and best of all, nearly maintenance free (no painting and repainting required).

New Kentucky Dam Railroad Bridge
Posted May 28, 2012, by julie bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So what? Let them rust out carrying traffic? We can do way better than this. Who are you anyway? At least everything I post, whether you like it or not, is attributed to me.