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Conway Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in June 2010


BH Photo #167204


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Four-span Steel & Lebby closed spandrel arch bridge over Nolichucky River on Briar Thicket Road/Knob Creek Road
Cocke County, Tennessee, and Greene County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built in 1924-1925 to replace the old Conway Ferry, which was being eliminated because the Tennessee Eastern Electric Company built the Nolichuky Dam upriver that changed the level of the stream.
- Steel & Lebby Bridge Co. of Knoxville, Tennessee
Closed Spandrel Dual Ribbed Arch
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 414.5 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 2009
Also called
Nolichucky River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.12245, -83.12523   (decimal degrees)
36°07'21" N, 83°07'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/308741/3999621 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2019)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 09000948 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TN 150A9090001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32465 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 7, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • August 1, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Conway Bridge
Posted June 11, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have identified 30 dual ribbed spandrel arch bridges in Tennessee, 5 of them eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. I have even located a 7-ribbed, spandrel arch bridge. I don't know if they're open or closed..my records don't show.

As I have found, the Conway (Nolichucky River) Bridge is the only dual-ribbed closed spandrel arch bridge that crosses a river in Tennessee. It's the only one of the 30 with 4 spans, and there is one with 5 spans.

The question is, are the rest of them still standing, and if so, are they open or closed spandrel? They were all built in the early 1920's. That is something I am researching, and will report back with pictures.

Conway Bridge
Posted June 8, 2010, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I've added a new design category called "Ribbed closed-spandrel arch." I was going to call it "dual-ribbed", but decided to leave it open in case somebody finds a three- or four-ribbed example.

Conway Bridge
Posted June 8, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, the Georgia example certainly appears to be of the same design.

Conway Bridge
Posted June 8, 2010, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

I believe this bridge in Georgia would also be considered a dual rib closed spandrel arch.


Conway Bridge
Posted June 8, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting. I have seen many dual ribbed open-spandrel arches, but this is the first dual ribbed closed spandrel I have encountered. Perhaps this was a localized design.

Conway Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

They're not curved tee beams. T-DOT officially says all the spans are dual ribbed arches. A magnificent, elegant bridge in a quiet, tranquil setting.

Conway Bridge
Posted June 7, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Initially this bridge does resemble a deck arch. However, it might be better classified as a curved T-beam. Anybody have any thoughts on this?