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Old Stone Fort Bridge

Old Stone Fort Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 11, 2014

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Camp Ground Lane Over Duck River
Location
Manchester: Coffee County, Tennessee: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1906 By Builder/Contractor: Joliet Bridge and Iron Company of Joliet, Illinois
Rehabilitation Date
2009
Main Span Length
101.0 Feet (30.8 Meters)
Structure Length
260.5 Feet (79.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
11.8 Feet (3.6 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
160B1880001

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2020 Update: This bridge has been closed to all traffic and its future is uncertain. See this news article.

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This bridge was originally built at Dabbs Ford over the Elk River on the Franklin-Coffee County line on the Prairie Plains to Winchester Road. In 1970 the bridge was replaced and the truss spans was relocated here to the Old Stone Fort State Park by the Tennessee Department of Conservation. New piers and approach spans were constructed at this new location. The bridge was last rehabilitated in 2009.

The truss span is noteworthy as a work by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company. Although a fairly prolific bridge builder, it is a rare company among Tennessee's surviving bridges. The bridge is also noteworthy for its ornamental portal bracing. The ornamental cutouts in the portal bracing plates were cut out in the era before cutting torches and instead a series of tiny holes were drilled next to each other to cut the metal out. This can be seen looking at the detail of the cutouts. A lot of work just to produce some ornamentation.

There were some welded alterations found on the truss such as at eyebar heads, and also a weird welded alteration apparently intended to replace a pin nut. Otherwise, the historic integrity of the truss is good.

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