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Jefferson Street Viaduct

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North Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in February 2009

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BH Photo #133872

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Overview
Girder bridge over MOPAC RR, 2nd Street on Jefferson Street in Van Buren
Location
Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936
Builder
- Fred Luttjohann of Topeka, Kansas (contractor)
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Little Rock Street Railway & Electric Company (LRSR&EC)
- St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway (StLIM&S)
- Streetcar
Design
Girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.0 ft.
Total length: 742.2 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Also called
Iron Mountain Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.43234, -94.35549   (decimal degrees)
35°25'56" N, 94°21'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/376959/3921833 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Van Buren
Inventory numbers
AHTD 1802 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 39952 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 55.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
25

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 8, 2009: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • February 21, 2009: New photos from David Backlin
  • February 20, 2009: Added by David Backlin

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Jefferson St Bridge
Posted February 21, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This is much more than just a "girder" bridge over the RR tracks. This is the whole Van Buren side approach to the old Ft. Smith-Van Buren Free Bridge across the Arkansas river, now used as an access road to the Van Buren Marina. Originally called the Iron Mountain Viaduct, and carrying trolley tracks, it was replaced and enlarged to carry vehicular traffic.