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Old Hickory Bridges



The TN HWY 45 Bridges over the Cumberland River are known as the Old Hickory Bridges. The north bound (west bound) bridge is far more interesting of the two since it is older and more ornate than the newer south bound (east bound) bridge. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Old Hickory Bridge (north) are the "Sentry Towers" which adorn each end of the bridge.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Pair of through truss bridges over Cumberland River on TN 45 in Nashville
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
First bridge built 1928; second bridge built 1967
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 323.0 ft.
Total length: 1,221.8 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Also called
Old Hickory Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.26338, -86.67543   (decimal degrees)
36°15'48" N, 86°40'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/529154/4013210 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 19SR0450002 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32478 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 18, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • February 3, 2008: New photos from James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


Old Hickory Bridges
Posted April 13, 2016, by Duston McCreary (dustonmccreary [at] gmail [dot] com)

Someone stated that the towers were built as guard towers, guarding a factory during WWI. However the bridge was built a decade later.


Cumberland River TN 45 Bridge
Posted June 8, 2014, by Joey Bales (joseph [dot] bales [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know the original purpose of the sentry towers on the older bridge? Was it originally a toll bridge? I also noticed that they are red bricked on the inside. Is that original?