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Wilbur Dam Road Bridge

Wilbur Dam Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: April 23, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Wilbur Dam Road Over Watauga River
Location
Rural: Carter County, Tennessee: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1942 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
75 Feet (23 Meters)
Structure Length
378 Feet (115 Meters)
Roadway Width
20 Feet (6.1 Meters)
Spans
4 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
10026880003

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an unusual structure. First, Baltimore deck truss bridges are uncommon, especially on highway bridges. This bridge is a later example and has riveted connections.  Secondly, the bridge has a variety of span sizes which is somewhat unusual. It would appear that one of the main spans was deliberately made shorter so that the trusses of that span would be less deep, thus offering one span with greater vertical clearance for boats. There is also a deck plate girder approach span at one end.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
36.338130,-82.116740

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