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Melinda Ferry Bridge


Melinda Ferry Bridge that replaced a ferry, then a 3-span, steel through truss bridge on this site.

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in February 2010


BH Photo #157984


Street View 


Steel stringer bridge over Holston River (Cherokee Lake) on State Highway 344 (Melinda Ferry Road)
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built 1985
- Tennessee Department of Transportation
Steel continuous stringer/Multi-beam or Girder
Span length: 694.0 ft.
Total length: 694.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.37024, -83.08005   (decimal degrees)
36°22'13" N, 83°04'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/313398/4027024 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bulls Gap
Inventory number
BH 44433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 16, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • March 13, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed


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


Melinda Ferry Bridge
Posted May 25, 2012, by Kenneth Cortright (kdcintn [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Being a resident, I can tell you some of the beauty of this bridge. Driving across it in the morning, most times, there's a wall of fog you must break through to get to Rogersville. It's clear in the valley, but from the river to town its fog, rain or shine.

I always loved the view of this bridge from 11W, going toward R'ville at about Marble Hall Road (looking upriver at a bridge in the distance).

And then there's this:

My brother drowned under the Hugh B. Day bridge 20 yrs ago, they found him just upstream from Melinda Ferry Bridge. His widow's name was Melinda. I always think of him when I cross it.

I, and many others, are connected to it.

Bridges are like songs, they bring forth memories; good and bad... mostly good.

Thanks for reading.

Melinda Ferry Bridge
Posted July 16, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan.. well said. That's why I posted this one. Tennessee is famous for these boring, uneventful bridges. Unfortunately, the state demolished the Warren, three-span that used to be here.

Melinda Ferry Bridge
Posted March 16, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Cliff: Its not historic and its one of the ugliest bridges I have ever seen (which is really saying something). Some contributors post photos of modern bridges to document what replaced a historic bridge (in this case, it was a historic three span through truss according to the description). The hope is people will see how ugly new bridges are and they will be moved to start lobbying Congress to pass increased funding programs for historic bridge preservation.

Melinda Ferry Bridge
Posted March 14, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not really sure how this bridge is historic... can someone give me some background or something?