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Kentucky Dam



Photo taken by James Baughn


BH Photo #232643

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At one time, the dam carried the Illinois Central along with US 41 and US 62. The rail line and the highways have been relocated to new bridges 1500 feet downstream from the dam.


Dam impounding the Tennessee River
Gilbertsville, Marshall County, Kentucky, and Livingston County, Kentucky
Bridge is open to local traffic with a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path
Built between 1938 and 1944; Roadway added 1950
- Tennessee Valley Authority
Length of largest span: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 1,652.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.01167, -88.27000   (decimal degrees)
37°00'42" N, 88°16'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/387015/4096920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Calvert City
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 44527 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 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: 73.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • May 26, 2012: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 22, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning

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  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Andrew Raker


Kentucky Dam
Posted May 28, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The "pre-oxidizing" mentioned here is likely just referring to weathering steel. While it may be odd to see it on a RR bridge, it is used frequently in highway construction.

Kentucky Dam
Posted May 27, 2010, by Madison

Not anymore. Like what they're doing all over the country, they're starting to re-route vehicular routes off of dams and making entirely new bridges of there own. You can't travel over this anymore. It has now been converted into a pedestrian walkway. But, they did build a UCEB on the river side for vehicular traffic. And, next to that, they built a 1 span Warren through truss railroad bridge. They're fairly new, they were finished in December I think.

There's a cool thing that they did with the railroad bridge that I've never seen before. They built the span on the ground, and pre-rusted it! They said by pre-oxidizing it that it'll save the state millions by not having to paint it. Huh. Anyways, someone go ahead and add these new bridges into the directory. I'm sure a lot of people from around the area would appreciate it. Thanks.

Railroad bridge:


During construction:


Diagram of the entire lay-out of both bridges


Keep in mind everything is already completed. I drove over the new bridge about a month ago.