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Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge
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The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge is the nation's first segmentally constructed concrete arch bridge. It is the longest concrete arch bridge in the United States, spanning 1,648 feet. The double arch structure offers motorists a view from 155 feet above the valley floor and is one of the final links in the Natchez Trace Parkway project. The design supports the parkway deck without the need of evenly spaced spandrel columns which results in a picturesque, unencumbered appearance. Construction of the innovative bridge west of Franklin during the early 1990s was a highlight in the engineering history of the parkway. It sits at the northern end of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway near milepost 438 where it crosses over Tennessee Highway 96.
Designed by FIGG Engineering Group and built by PCL Civil Constructors, it was completed in 1994 at a cost of $14 million. The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge has received many awards, including ones from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Presidential Award for Design Excellence, and the Eleventh Annual Bridge Conference, which named it the single most outstanding achievement in the bridge industry for 1994.
You can find the cache in the dark, but you'll miss the visual marvel of this architecturally stunning bridge.
The cache is not located on the bridge or on National Park Service property; rather it is located just off Hwy 96. While the shoulder is very wide and has ample room to pull off and park, it would be best to keep the little ones in the car since this is a very busy highway at times. Be careful! There is no room in the cache container for a pen or pencil, so you'll have to bring your own. The log is small so please write small or use your initials.
Please email me with any problems. Good luck and enjoy!
Why did I place this cache here? This bridge is certainly worth seeing from below as well as the view on the drive over. The cache is a bonus.
Here are a few one word hints if you need them. Decode them one at a time; see how many it takes.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:26:25 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:26 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum