Clinch Avenue Viaduct
Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in June 2010
BH Photo #168686
Designer and mathematician Edwin Thacher designed the Clinch Avenue Viaduct on plans using the Melan system. Thacher also designed and built the Walnut Street Bridge, a series of camelback truss spans in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Knoxville rebuilt the Clinch Avenue Viaduct and altered it in 1981 for the 1982 World's Fair reopening it as a pedestrian bridge with a different railing, and reopened it to vehicular traffic in 2002.
- Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Second Creek, Norfolk Southern Railroad Tracks on Clinch Avenue
- Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
- Open to traffic
- Built 1905 by the Oliver Company using Melan and Thacher Patents designs
- - Concrete-Steel Engineering Co. of New York, New York
- Oliver Co. of Knoxville, Tennessee
- 10 concrete closed spandrel arches, five concrete deck girders built on a 68 to 85 degree skew, with plain parapet railings and quatrefoil panels above each pier.
Length of largest span: 49.9 ft.
Total length: 757.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +35.96198, -83.92341 (decimal degrees)
35°57'43" N, 83°55'24" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/236358/3983682 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2019)
- Inventory numbers
- TN 470A1350001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 45552 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of June 2018)
- Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.7 (out of 100)
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- December 19, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Fixed typos
- December 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builders
- June 28, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed
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