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Market Street Bridge



Photo taken June 2005 by James Adorno

BH Photo #108839


Street Views 


Bascule bridge over Tennessee River on Market Street (State Highway 8) in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
Rehabilitated in 2006
Built 1917
- Benjamin H. Davis of New York City, New York (Consulting Engineer)
- Ellis Soper (Redident Engineer)
- J. E. Greiner Co. of Baltimore, Maryland & Chicago, Illinois (Consulting Engineer)
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Bascule Design)
- Toledo Bridge & Crane Co. of Toledo, Ohio (Bascule Spans Fabricator)
- Vang Construction Co. of Cumberland, Maryland (Concrete Spans Fabricator)
Bascule Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 358.8 ft.
Total length: 1,894.5 ft.
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 2010
Also called
Chief John Ross Bridge (official name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.05897, -85.30909   (decimal degrees)
35°03'32" N, 85°18'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/654195/3880889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
TN 33SR0080007 (Tennessee bridge number)
NRHP 10001047 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32545 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • August 10, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 12, 2017: New photos from Matt Dunmore
  • May 3, 2017: New photos from Chris Simmons
  • March 22, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 8, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 5, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • March 2, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 23, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added Google Street View
  • July 7, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • October 10, 2005: Posted photos from James Adorno


  • James Adorno
  • Wikipedia
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Chris Simmons - atlanta_bulldog_red [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matt Dunmore
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Luke


Market Street Bridge
Posted June 15, 2020, by Alan Gray (2agray2985 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can remember in the late 60's or very early 70's being in the car with my Mom on the bridge when that sucker started to open! We were at the bottom of it. From what I remember there was no warning really. I just remember her slamming on the brakes and cussing because she was going to be late wherever she was going. LOL! It ain't no speed demon. It takes a while for the process. I remember it scared me to death! I thought the bridge was broken and we were going to fall in the river. I was just a little thing then.

Market Street Bridge
Posted August 10, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This drawbridge is kinda rare to see opening with no traffic lights and no gates. This drawbridge still operates.

Market Street Bridge
Posted August 10, 2017, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

This drawbridge is kinda rare to see opening with no traffic lights and no gates. This drawbridge still operates.

Market Street Bridge
Posted September 1, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Another video about the bridge. Says it operates four times per year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwudftErMUo

Market Street Bridge
Posted May 24, 2013, by Kenton Dickerson (kentondi [at] comcast [dot] net)

Video of bridge in operation.


Market Street Bridge
Posted November 10, 2008, by Alan Walker (awalker1829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Market Street Bridge is also known as the "Chief John Ross Bridge" for Chief John Ross, the last leader of the Cherokee Nation before their removal in the 1830s. His trading post sat on the south bank of the river near present day Ross's Landing.

Market Street Bridge
Posted December 15, 2007, by chris sharp (chris_03262003 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

hope that it has been refurbished up there in that area of tennessee sure is beautiful country side town were its located at

Market Street Bridge
Posted October 10, 2007, by LMC

Aditional Images

Market Street Bridge Picture
Posted October 10, 2007, by LMC (symone30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge Plate

Market Street Bridge
Posted February 15, 2007, by James Adorno (adorno423 [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge rehab is on schedule and scheduled to open in September 2007. I'll be there!