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Clear Creek Bridge


Photo Source: Kentucky Transportation Center

BH Photo #374388


Deck truss bridge over Clear Creek
Whitley County, Kentucky
Built 1917. Possible work in 1940.
Pin-connected Pratt deck truss with pin-connected Warren truss approach spans.
Length of largest span: 149.9 ft.
Total length: 279.8 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.65364, -84.12981   (decimal degrees)
36°39'13" N, 84°07'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/756563/4060288 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
Inventory numbers
KY 118-C00026N (Kentucky bridge number)
BH 18958 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2008)
Sufficiency rating: 12.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 28, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added photos and info.
  • January 7, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added the real location of the bridge
  • April 29, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey



Clear Creek Bridge
Posted November 3, 2021, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] outlook [dot] com)

A c. 1954 topo shows this as being KY Route 471, although it is an older route of US 25W. It was bypassed in 1947.

A c. 1937 state map confirms the routing. I am curious about anything prior to that.

Clear Creek Bridge
Posted December 28, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge appears to be quite rare based on report by Kentucky Transportation Center:

Built in 1917, this bridge is comprised of a pin connected Pratt deck truss and two pin-connected Warren deck trusses. This is the only bridge with this truss configuration in the state and one of only two pinconnected deck truss bridges in the state inspection inventory. The Pratt span is 115.2 feet long and the Warren spans are each 55 feet long. The bridge has been closed and barricaded since the 1980s and likely originally served as a railroad bridge. Last inspected in July 2011, the bridge is described as structurally deficient. Its ADT in 2006 was 300. Its projected ADT by 2026 is 1968. It is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. It has pin connections and a rough cut stone substructure. On the NBI, the deck, superstructure and substructure are each rated respectively 0, 4, and 0. The channel and channel protection are rated 0. Its sufficiency rating is listed at 19.50. The operating rating is 0.0 tons and the inventory rating is 0.0 tons. It is closed. Mike West, the bridge engineer for District 11, said the bridge was closed because the deck is gone and the railings may be gone. The piers need grouting and the truss top is severely corroded. He estimated a cost of $500,000 to repair and paint. On a scale of one to ten, he rated this bridge a 9, but he thought it may not be preservable at all.