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Fisher Ford Road Bridge



Photo taken July 2002 and provided by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

BH Photo #100085



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Illinois River on Fisher Ford Road (CR 2)
Benton County, Arkansas
Removed early 2014
Built 1903 by the Leavenworth Bridge Co.
Pin-connected, 4-panel, half-hip Pratt pony truss
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss with two reinforcement piers added underneath
Pin-connected, 4-panel, half-hip Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 139.1 ft.
Total length: 201.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.12326, -94.51555   (decimal degrees)
36°07'24" N, 94°30'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/363615/3998683 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 17 N., R. 33 W., Sec. 29
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 10591 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10213 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
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Update Log 

  • March 18, 2013: New photos from Larry Dooley
  • July 30, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: To be replaced (timeline unknown)
  • March 26, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge abandoned
  • December 15, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history
  • January 7, 2005: Posted new photos



Fisher Ford Road Bridge
Posted March 3, 2014, by W W Wilhurst (wwwilhurst [at] mail [dot] com)

With the new Whitewater park being built by the city of Siloam Springs the bridge is being replaced. I drove out to it on 28 February, 2014. All the side railing was gone, as was about half of the deck, starting from the north end.

Though a bit childish I suppose, being as it was getting late and no one else was around, and knowing few would have the chance again, I walked out as far as the deck extended and performed the (mostly) male ritual of urinating over the side. (certainly not the first time in the bridge's 100+ year life, but perhaps the last.)

Fisher Ford Road Bridge
Posted August 22, 2010, by Curtis Presley (cpresoz [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Boulder piles at either end prevent vehicle traffic but still open to four wheelers, bicycles and foot traffic.

Fisher Ford Road Bridge
Posted March 26, 2009, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Benton County has declared the bridge abandoned and will not rebuild it.