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Hardin Valley Covered Bridge

Knoxville, Tennessee

Roadway Over Creek

Owner:

Cornerstone Development Group

Engineer:

Batson, Himes, Norvell & Poe

Contractor:

Simpson Construction

Installation:

January 2007

The Cornerstone Development Group wanted to “do something unique” by constructing a covered bridge at one of their neighborhoods’ entrances. In 2006, they saw an opportunity to do so after purchasing land that would require travelers to cross a scenic creek.

After thorough research into which type of structural bridge would best fit, Cornerstone chose a Contech vehicular truss bridge. The bridge offered the best visual exposure to the scenic creek that the developers wanted. Another advantage was the possibility of a unique marriage between the steel truss bridge and a timber framed cover.

The goal was to disturb the area as little as possible and for the bridge to clear span the creek. The tight quarters made it very challenging to get the road in and to place the bridge approach. After redrawing the plans several times, however, the mission was accomplished.

“Within a couple of days we were able to get everything we needed to stake out the foundation and piers,” said Dave Harbin, partner and civil engineer with Batson, Himes, Norvell & Poe. “We are extremely pleased how it turned out and we are proud to have our name involved in it.”

Technical Description:

  • Width: 22 - ft.
  • Span: 48 - ft.
  • Style: Connector®
  • Finish: Painted Steel
  • Decking: Concrete

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