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Shelby Street Bridge


Overview from northwest

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Three-span through truss bridge over Cumberland River on Shelby Street in downtown Nashville
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1907-09; rehabilitated for pedestrian use in 2003
- Foster-Creighton-Gould Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
- Howard M. Jones
- J.D. Foy of Dothan, Alabama
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 317.8 ft.
Total length: 2,265.5 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 36.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1986
Also called
Sparkman Street Bridge
Broadway Bridge (original official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.16186, -86.77249   (decimal degrees)
36°09'43" N, 86°46'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/520462/4001925 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nashville West
Average daily traffic (as of 1999)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 86003237 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TN 19SR0240009 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32490 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 1999)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 25, 2022: New photos from Dave King
  • July 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 15, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 1, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 6, 2011: New photos from Mike Page
  • July 3, 2010: Posted a public domain photo
  • April 17, 2008: New photos from James McCray
  • August 21, 2006: Posted new photos


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  • HAER TN-38 - Sparkman Street Bridge, Spanning Cumberland River, Nashville, Davidson, TN
  • Mike Page
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs
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Shelby Street Bridge
Posted February 10, 2011, by Mike Page (mike [dot] page [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From the "for what it's worth" department, a bit of trivia.

Big n' Rich's video for the song "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" was filmed on this bridge. The pedestrian conversion was already completed, so they had to get several different permits and ask several different people for permission to take their "parade floats" across the bridge.