In Nashville, Tennessee, past the rising stars and failing talent, is the "Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge"; simply called the Gateway Bridge.
Since completing construction, this new bridge has won several awards and recognitions. Among them are the National Steel Bridge Alliance Prize Bridge Competition in the category of "Major Span."
The Gateway Bridge was constructed to reconnect downtown Nashville to East Nashville after the closure of the Shelby Street Bridge. Closed in 1998 due to safety concerns, the Shelby Street Bridge was a main route for vehicles traveling into Nashville. The historic Shelby Street Bridge was first opened in the summer of 1909. Today it is a pedestrian bridge.
Often called the "New Front Door" to Nashville the Gateway Bridge gained the approval of a memorial bridge to honor the 134,000 military service members that Tennessee sent to Korea.
Nashville's Gateway Bridge is Tennessee's first through-arch structure and has a length of 1,660 feet. The bridge spans over the Cumberland River. There are various plans in the works about expanding the Gateway Bridge which has received praise for its innovative design.
Nashville is not only a place of music and future stars, the city has a variety of attractions and wonderful sights that would fit perfectly in any family's vacation scrap book. The Gateway Bridge is a wonderful example of engineering and design which happens to look quite magnificent in front of a camera's lens. Visitors to Nashville will most likely travel across the Gateway Bridge, but for those who do not, make sure you stop by and see this achievement.
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