Monday, December 3, 2007

Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge

The Natchez Trace originally linked Nashville with Natchez, Mississippi. The current Natchez Trace Parkway also links the two, but does not follow the exact route.

In the early 1990s. construction of the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge (above) began. Stretching over 1600 feet, the arched bridge spans Hwy 96 between Nashville and Franklin and is over 150 feet high. It's interesting to note that it was the first bridge in North America to be constructed of precast concrete segments.

Opened to traffic in 1994, the bridge has won over 15 design awards.


Janet said...

The foliage is beautiful, but somehow this bridge just doesn't look terribly stable! I guess it's just that different kind of architecture.

Bettey said...

beautiful "framing" with the leaves :)

Wayne said...

Hey Chris, that is a seriously awesome looking bridge. WOW. I would think it would be something else to drive across. I wonder, can you walk across it? Keep up the good work on this excellent blog of yours!

NorthBayPhoto said...

A very pretty looking bridge. Fantastic photo!

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Anonymous said...

I suppose the thing that makes it look unstable is that we are so far away that the width of the feet or footings seems narrow or too narrow. That has had to all be worked out in advance so I would trust it and keep my finger crossed while crossing. 150 feet up is a big first step.

Nice photo. I like the bridge and the photo around it. Beautiful. That area must be loaded with wildlife. I got to visit places like that when it warms up.

Lynette said...

Fabulous, fabulous photos and facts, Chris. The Natchez Trace one ought to be on a postcard, as well as the night one of the Korean War one. And I do remember that bridge from "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." I love that song, those guys, Cowboy Troy! We saw them in Jackson in 2006, for free! What fun.

Thanks again for the wonderful bridge posts!

quintarantino said...

Always a pleasure visiting you.

By the way, I'm no more on PORTUGUESE.
I started my own blog. If you care to see me there I would be glad.


Joy said...

I like the way you framed your photo. Also liked the reds.

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Wow! Another bridge!! Let's hope it's a strong one!

Steve Buser said...

Chris, the angle makes it look like it has a dip in it that probably shouldn't be there.

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quintarantino said...

Olá. Como vai sua escrita criativa?

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Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

I really like the way you shot this. The bridge is awesome and very unique in its design.

Ming the Merciless said...

Spectacular bridge and photo.