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Tebb's Bend Bridge



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Through truss bridge over Green River on Tebbs Bend Road
Taylor County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1907; Removed and replaced by a replica 2016
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Pin-connected, 9-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 165.0 ft.
Total length: 166.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Green River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.24500, -85.36417   (decimal degrees)
37°14'42" N, 85°21'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/645086/4123305 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cane Valley
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KY 109-C00015N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18947 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 5, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builder per forum comment; Noted relocation
  • July 20, 2015: New photos from James McCray
  • June 9, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is replaced or soon to be replaced.
  • June 30, 2010: New photo from Andrew Hansford
  • October 13, 2008: New photos from James McCray

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Tebb's Bend Bridge
Posted May 5, 2018, by Damon McGaha

This bridge was built in February/March 1907 and finished just before midnight on 31-March-1907.

It was built by the Vincennes Bridge Company

Some history can be found here:


It was condemned and closed to traffic (and should have been several years before) on 20-August-2014.

Near that time, large rectangular concrete barriers were placed at each end to prevent vehicle access.

On 17-April-2015, it was lifted from its piers and set in the river, then drug from the river and hauled to where it now sits as a pedestrian bridge at the adjacent Tebb's Bend Battleground property.

I believe it's present location is only temporary, as it does not span anything; and, when money allows, I believe it will be relocated to span one of the several creek crossings within the battleground park.

Tebb's Bend Bridge
Posted December 4, 2016, by Tandy Chenault (Kyscooter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is on a historical American Civil War site. Morgan's raiders burned the original covered bridge in July 1863. Explains why that want to preserve the stones etc.


Green River Bridge
Posted February 11, 2016, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)
Green River Bridge
Posted February 11, 2016, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not bad! Looks like Corten steel was used: http://www.columbiamagazine.com/photoarchive.php?photo_id=64...

The old bridge was lifted down and moved to a new site nearby for a pedestrian path: http://www.columbiamagazine.com/photoarchive.php?photo_id=59...

Green River Bridge
Posted July 20, 2015, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Took pics of the bridge earlier in July. The encouraging thing is that it looks like that they have removed the bridge intact instead of cutting it up for scrap. This indicates that the bridge seems to not be on the way to the scrap heap but will be restored, at the very least, abandoned intact on the side of the road.

Green River Bridge
Posted June 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If this historic truss is really going to be relocated and preserved, it isn't made clear in the contract plans or proposal. It is only made clear that some abutment stones will be salvaged. There is no special provision (that I could see) for non-destructive removal of the truss. It is simply called out as a Lump Sum, Remove Exist Superstructure.

The replacement bridge will be a truss, but will lack the essential details that gave the historic bridge its structural design, historic significance, and aesthetic qualities. These missing qualities include but are not limited to pin connections, rivers, built-up beams, and use of v-lacing.

The two bridges will look as similar as the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge... same general type but completely different design details and visual appearance.

See attached details of replacement truss showing bolted truss design lacking pins.

Green River Bridge
Posted August 29, 2014, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

Closed to traffic in August 2014. Set to be replaced with a very similar appearing crossing. The old bridge will be moved to the adjoining reserve and used as a pedestrian bridge.

More: http://bridgestunnels.com/bridges/kentucky/tebbs-bend-road-b...