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Gateway Bridge

Gateway Bridge

The Gateway Bridge, also known as the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, carries Gateway Boulevard over the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

The six-lane Gateway Bridge was constructed by Bell & Associates and opened at the cost of $29 million 2 in May 2004. 1 The crossing featured 5.9 million pounds of structural steel, 46,000 bolts, 72 cables for a total of 4,589 feet of cabling, 2.15 miles of concrete beams, and 5,688 yards of concrete. It replaced the Shelby Street Bridge which closed to vehicular traffic in 1998 and reopened for pedestrians and cyclists in 2003.

The bridge won the top honor in the “Major Span” category in the National Steel Bridge Alliance competition in August 2005 and was listed in Road & Bridge’s magazine’s Top 10 Bridges List for 2005. 1


  • State: Tennessee
  • Route: Gateway Boulevard
  • Type: Steel Arch
  • Status: Active - Automobile
  • Total Length: 1,600 feet
  • Main Span Length: 571 feet
  • Spans:
  • Deck Width: 101 feet
  • Height: 192 feet


  1. “Gateway Boulevard Bridge.” Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.
  2. “Gateway Bridge.” Wilson & Associates. Article.

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