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Spring River CR 74 Bridge

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Overview

Photo submitted by Jeremy Turner

BH Photo #100425

Map 

Description 

The Spring River Bridge is a concrete deck girder bridge that spans the Spring River approximately 500 feet west ofU.S. 63 south of Mammoth Spring, Fulton County, Arkansas. The bridge was designed and built by H. B. Walton in 1916. The bridge has five spans and also rests on cast-concrete abutments. It has simple cast-concrete guardrails that used to have pipe railings on top ofthem, although they were removed at an unknown date. The bridge is devoid of any ornamentation other than arched skirts at the bottom of the deck at each span.

The Spring River Bridge is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A with local significance for its association with the development of highway infrastructure in Fulton County during the 1910s. The Spring River Bridge, which was built in 1916, was part of an effort to develop early highways and infrastructure in the Mammoth Spring area. It illustrates the importance of providing good infrastructure for automobiles, something that was sometimes difficult in the rural areas of Arkansas. The bridge has continued to be used since the time of its completion. The Spring River Bridge is also being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C with local significance as a good example of early twentieth-century bridgebuilding technology. The Spring River Bridge illustrates early concrete bridge design, and the lack of decorative detailing illustrates the fact that the bridge was meant to be utilitarian in nature. The Spring River Bridge nomination is being submitted under the multiple property listing -Historic Bridges of Arkansas- and under associated historic context -Early Transportation Era.- (NRHP Nomination Form)

Facts 

Overview
Five-span concrete deck girder bridge over Spring River on Riverview Drive/CR 74 (Old US 63) in Mammoth Spring
Location
Fulton County, Arkansas
Status
Open to one-lane traffic
History
Built 1916 by H.B. Walton
Builder
- H.B. Walton
Design
Concrete deck girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 222.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 22, 2014
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.47710, -91.52446   (decimal degrees)
36°28'38" N, 91°31'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/632185/4037879 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mammoth Spring
Inventory numbers
AHTD 13139 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 13001104 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10338 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2016)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
111

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2014: Updated by James Baughn: Bridge is now listed on the NRHP
  • June 12, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 3, 2006: Posted modern-day photos from Jeremy Turner

Sources 

  • Jeremy Turner
  • AHTD
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • nps.gov - NRHP Nomination Form