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Old US 27 Burnside Tunnel


North End

If you look through the tunnel, you can see the bridge at the other end. View this photo at www.google.com/images

Photo taken by Anonymous

BH Photo #168847


Tunnel on US 27
Burnside, Pulaski County, Kentucky
Closed to all traffic
Built 1927-1928; abandoned 1950
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.98918, -84.61166   (decimal degrees)
36°59'21" N, 84°36'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/712552/4096338 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1928 (1,232)
Built during 1920s (10,350)
Burnside, Kentucky (8)
Closed (2,778)
Cumberland River (57)
Kentucky (1,432)
Owned privately (1,989)
Preserved (1,240)
Pulaski County, Kentucky (25)
Tunnel (1,362)
US 27 (19)

Update Log 

  • December 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated status again
  • October 20, 2010: New photo from Eric Root
  • July 9, 2010: New photo from Andrew Hansford
  • July 8, 2010: New photos from Andrew Hansford
  • July 7, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added GPS coordinates.
  • June 30, 2010: Updated by Andrew Hansford: Replaced in 1950 as a part of the Lake Cumberland Project


  • Andrew Hansford
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
  • Luke


Old Burnside Tunnel
Posted December 13, 2012, by Don Morrison

Chances are pretty good that the old tin roof building across the river was alongside the bridge's eastern approach as well.

Old Burnside Tunnel
Posted December 13, 2012, by Don Morrison

Pretty cool, but not sure what the coordinates 36.99782, -84.60837 are supposed to show.

Found the east entrance in Bing Bird's Eye View at 36.989185,-84.611657 rotate the bing imagery 90 degrees clockwise for the eastern view.

The west entrance is at 36.989005,-84.612612 rotate imagery 90 degrees counter clockwise for western view.

I'll just go ahead and edit the coordinates to the position of the east entrance.


Old Burnside Tunnel
Posted December 12, 2012, by Tim Jones (touchdown [at] twc [dot] com)

Does anyone know when the tunnel was constructed?

Any photos of it?

Thank you love these old photos.

Old Burnside Tunnel
Posted October 19, 2010, by Eric Root (ejort [at] att [dot] net)

Wonderful! I've seen this several times while boating on the lake and always wondered about it. The normal whater level is nearly up to the tunnel. Seeing the height of those piers really gives a good image of how deep that lake is.

Old Burnside Tunnel
Posted June 30, 2010, by Andrew Hansford

Sorry about the blurry photos.