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Gay Street Bridge

Gay Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 28, 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Gay Street Over Tennessee River
Location
Knoxville: Knox County, Tennessee: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1897 By Builder/Contractor: Youngstown Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio and Engineer/Design: Charles Fowler

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2004
Main Span Length
252 Feet (77 Meters)
Structure Length
1,512 Feet (461 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.14 Meters)
Spans
7 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
47L37750001

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Bridge Documentation

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This iconic landmark bridge is an extremely early surviving example of a large-scale deck cantilever highway truss bridge in America. The bridge was comprehensively rehabilitated in 2004.

The spans that are composed of anchor arms have an unusual detail: some eyebars are installed parallel to the built-up riveted box beams, likely to accommodate any tension forces that might develop in that portion of the bridge.

Above: Historical photo of the bridge from the 1910s. Source: Knox County Public Library Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
35.958420,-83.914480

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