Wednesday 6th October 1993
The last segment of the Natchez Trace Parkway’s Double Arch Bridge was put into place. The $11 million, 1,572-foot–long bridge carries the parkway over Route 96 near Franklin, Tennessee. The Natchez Trace Parkway is not just famous for this first precast segmental concrete arch bridge to be built in the United States. The road has been around and in use for thousands of years. It was a trail through Choctaw and Chickasaw territory (along with a handful of prehistoric Native American mounds) that connected the southern Mississippi River with the salt licks of central Tennessee.