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Natchez Trace Bridge & Friday’s B-1B

September 16, 2011

The first time I saw this bridge we were taking a short-cut on Highway 96 from I-40, trying to get to I-24. #1 Son, the defensive end for MUS, was playing The Baylor School in Chattanooga. Out in the middle of nowhere, a white giant of concrete & steel spanned the two-lane road we traveled.

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Not long after that, I happened upon a History Channel program, Modern Marvels & there was the bridge!

The bridge, officially called Natchez Trace Parkway Arches, is 145 feet high,

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& 582 feet long.

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There is a saw-toothed connector the width of the bridge, 37 feet, on each end joining the bridge to the road.

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The bridge has won many awards for its design, including a Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995,[6] and an Award of Merit from the Federal Highway Administration in 1996.[7] The Eleventh International Bridge Conference named it the single most outstanding achievement in the bridge industry for 1994.[8] The bridge “impressed the… jury with its aesthetically striking double-arch design, which shows exceptional sensitivity to the historical context of the site.”[9]

TGI Friday’s B-1B

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce Amaretto

Instructions:

  1. Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes.
  2. Pour all ingredients into shaker & shake well.
  3. Fill a Highball glass almost full with ice cubes & strain drink into Highball glass.
  4. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.
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