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Belle Meade Plantation Bridge

Belle Meade Plantation Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Belle Meade Plantation Driveway Over Richland Creek
Location
Belle Meade: Davidson County, Tennessee: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
53 Feet (16.15 Meters)
Structure Length
53 Feet (16.15 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This is a rare example in the state of a lightweight double-intersection Warren pony truss bridge, with truss members and chords composed of riveted angles only. This style of bridge, with its combination of double-intersection Warren truss configuration and use of angles is a style that can be found in small numbers in some other states like Missouri. The Tennessee example stands out however for its curved top chord detail at the ends, and for its attractive lattice railing.

Bridges like this were likely offered as less expensive and easier to install alternatives to more traditional truss bridge types which would have been of more massive design.

The bridge dates to ca. 1900.

The bridge is on the historic Belle Meade Plantation and contributes to the associated National Register of Historic Places District.

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