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Natchez Trace Parkway Arches

Franklin, Tennessee

Owner: National Park Service / Federal Highway Administration

Design / Construction Engineering and Inspection: FIGG

America’s first precast concrete segmental arch bridge carries the historic Natchez Trace Parkway between Nashville, Tennessee and Natchez, Mississippi. An arch structure was selected for the crossing in order to preserve the natural beauty of the area and provide a structure that blends with the surrounding terrain. The 582’ symmetrical main span arch over Tennessee Route 96 and the 462’ span of the second asymmetrical arch make this double arch bridge visually pleasing. This artful bridge demonstrates that elegant aesthetics can be achieved within a cost-effective budget.



Including the 1995 Presidential Design Award through the National Endowment for the Arts
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