Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge

Coordinates: 36°09′39″N 86°46′10″W / 36.1609°N 86.7694°W / 36.1609; -86.7694
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Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge
The bridge in 2022
Coordinates36°09′39″N 86°46′10″W / 36.1609°N 86.7694°W / 36.1609; -86.7694
CarriesKorean Veterans Boulevard
CrossesCumberland River
LocaleNashville, Tennessee

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, formerly known as Gateway Bridge,[1] is a vehicular bridge that carries Korean Veterans Boulevard over the Cumberland River in Nashville, within the U.S. state of Tennessee.

View of the bridge in 2006


The idea of building the Gateway Bridge was conceived in 1996, as a way to turn the 1909 Shelby Street Bridge into a pedestrian bridge.[2] The Shelby Street Bridge had later been renamed the Korean War Veterans of Tennessee Memorial Bridge, and a commemorative plaque was installed.[3] In 1998, the Shelby Street Bridge was closed to traffic. When it was reopened as the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in 2003, the memorial plaque had been removed.[2]

Construction on the Gateway Bridge began in 2001, and it was completed in 2004.[3] It was built by Ray Bell Construction.[2] In 2006, it was renamed in honor of veterans of the Korean War.[2][4]

The bridge was renovated with light-emitting diodes by Domingo Gonzalez Associates in 2016.[4]

The bridge is prominently featured as part of the Nashville Street Circuit. It is one of the few large bridges to be used on a street circuit anywhere in the world.


  1. ^ "Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge". Emporis. Archived from the original on December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Jones, Chris (February 17, 2006). "Neighbors glad Gateway Bridge is open". The Tennessean. p. M3. Retrieved December 25, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b O'Neal, Lee Ann (December 3, 2005). "Bill would rename Gateway Bridge". The Tennessean. p. B1. Retrieved December 25, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b Madsen, Deane (August 22, 2016). "2016 AL Design Awards: Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge". Architectural Lighting. Retrieved December 25, 2017.