Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge
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|Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge
HAER image looking from the southwest
|Carries||1 lane of KY 2014|
|Locale||near Pineville, Kentucky|
|Official name||Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge|
|Maintained by||Kentucky Transportation Cabinet|
|Design||Warren through truss|
|Total length||328 feet (100 m)|
|No. of spans||1|
|Load limit||15 tons|
|Clearance above||22' 6" high|
|Designer||Louisville Bridge and Iron Company and
Phoenix Iron Company of Pennsylvania
The Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge along Kentucky Route 2014 in Bell County, Kentucky is a wood bridge near Pineville, Kentucky. The bridge is 328 feet (100 m) long. The bridge is a Warren through truss bridge, and one of the early styles of the bridge. The bridge was constructed in 1873 by the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company and Phoenix Iron Company of Pennsylvania and is currently maintained by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Its clearance is 22' and 6" high and can hold a limit of 15 tons of traffic.
The Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge was constructed mostly by the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company, located in Louisville, Kentucky and the Phoenix Iron Company of Philadelphia, just for the "Iron Phoenix" columns used on the bridge, which were patented in 1862. Although the bridge has not been structurally safe for some time, it has been proposed for addition to the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was only one of two constructed by the Louisville Bridge and Iron Company in Kentucky itself. The Route 2014 Bridge, when constructed in 1873, proved to be a large and good example of its construction.
The bridge, which provides continuous service to people in the rural areas around Pineville, was rated a 38.3 out of 100 points in a May 1, 1987 survey, which also included the 15 ton limit. A lot of the 70 historic bridges spread throughout Kentucky are either Pratt or Warren through trusses, the two most popular kinds of trusses. The Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge, along with others built in the early Nineteenth Century, represents an early style of bridge construction.
The Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Pineville, Kentucky and spans the Cumberland River. The Cumberland River itself is one part of the major drainage system in southern Kentucky. The bridge's span itself over the river is 208 feet (63 m), but adding the approaches and all, it comes to a total of 328 feet (100 m) long. Three I-beam, all about 30 feet (9.1 m) spans help support the southern approach highway, while the northern is only supported by two.
The horizontal clearance of the Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge is 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and 22.6 feet (6.9 m) high for vertical clearance. The bridge is known for its unique top chord, which is created through a sectional, eight-sided cast iron columns bolted at each point. The bridge also has a rather unusual flooring. Made out of wood truss beams, they are pin connected and support lighter weights, but has greater strength.
- "Kentucky Route 2014 Bridge". Library of Congress. Library of Congress: 3. 1987.