This iconic landmark bridge in downtown Nashville was restored and preserved for non-motorized traffic. The main spans of the bridge are impressive pin-connected Parker truss spans, with a single pin-connected Pratt deck truss at the eastern end. This deck truss span is unusual because it used to go right inside a building that was located here. The bridge has at the western end two unique concrete approach spans. These spans were described in original engineering texts as concrete bowstring truss spans. However they have no diagonal members, and thus resemble tied arch spans, which might be a better description for them. Even period engineering articles noted the similarities of these spans to European concrete tied through arch bridges of the time.
Something was not right with the concrete used in this bridge originally and the concrete deteriorated with spalling not many years into service. Ultimately, the original concrete spans were replaced with modern near-replica spans.
Typical of large, long bridges with a complicated history there are a wide variety of figures given for the total length of the bridge. A satellite measurement using Google, shows a length of 1,877 feet from each end of the approach.
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