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Smalling Bridge


One-lane Smalling Road Bridge over the Watauga River

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in July 2008


BH Photo #118579


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Watauga River on Smalling Road
Carter County, Tennessee
Open to traffic, one-lane bridge
Built 1941
- E. N. Matthews
- Johnson City Foundry & Machine Co. of Johnson City, Tennessee
- Tennessee Bridge & Steel Co. of Johnson City, Tennessee
Two-span, one-lane Pratt through truss bridge with single pier, south side approach built into rock and dirt, north side approach anchored into bedrock wall.
Length of largest span: 120.4 ft.
Total length: 223.4 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.34587, -82.28296   (decimal degrees)
36°20'45" N, 82°16'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/384873/4023075 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Johnson City
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
TN 10013850003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 36939 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2018: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 25, 2011: Removed duplicate listings
  • April 6, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 25, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • February 24, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 29, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • July 28, 2008: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • July 27, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Smalling Bridge
Posted July 26, 2013, by Beecher O'Quinn Jr (itcmfc [at] charter [dot] net)

I'm Beecher O'Quinn Jr.i'm the man that called in the Tennessee bridge inspector for Smalling Bridge.the Carter county School Board and director.was sending Buses crossing this bridge with Childern in 66 passinger buses that weight 11 ton's empthy and another 2 ton of weight with childern make's this very dangerous.i'm for the saftey of childern.the eleceted officers holders don't mean any thing to me.this bridge should be closed to all school buses.as far as other kind's of car's and truck's if people wont to cross this bridge.that is up to them.the weight limet is

9 ton's.