Rating:
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Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken July 2001 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100442

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span open-spandrel arch bridge over Middle Fork Saline River on AR 7
Location
Garland County, Arkansas
Status
Open to two-lane traffic
History
Built 1933 by the Ault-Rich Construction Co. of Cassville, Missouri
Builder
- Ault-Rich Construction Co. of Cassville, Missouri
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 69.8 ft.
Total length: 145.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.72118, -93.05654   (decimal degrees)
34°43'16" N, 93°03'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/494823/3842125 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jessieville
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
1,100
Inventory numbers
AHTD 01781 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
AHTD 1781 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10347 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 19, 2005: Posted new photos

Sources 

  • AHTD
  • Fred Garcia
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted October 14, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Thanks for the reply & the info Robert. I'll check it out on the AHTD web page.

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted October 14, 2009, by Robert Scoggin (robert [dot] scoggin [at] arkansashighways [dot] com)

After reading Wayne's email I went back and looked at the orignial plans for this bridge and they did in fact include a concrete and masonry rail. Our bridge data does not say anything was expanded, but the old rails were obviously replaced. You can find the orignial plans on the AHTD website under old plans on the historic bridge program pages.

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted October 13, 2009, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Looking closely at the photos of this bridge and the comment Fred made in his description about bits of bridge lying underneath I can't help but wonder if it was originally one lane and widened to two. The piers are pointed "icebreaker" style . An attribute not usually found on this type of bridge. The natural rock inlay is also an oddity and the concrete in this area looks to have weathered differently like it is an add on. Maybe the original railings were more ornate and were broken up and left under the bridge when the deck and piers were widened and the went back with steel guard rails. Just idle musings for what they are worth. Anyone else has any opinions or some history on the bridge?

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted March 28, 2008, by Jolene V (joakabridgefreak [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I AGREE! MORE PICS PLEASE!! I will also be sending more as I can get them!!

What?
Posted January 30, 2008, by Andrew (setanor [at] gmail [dot] com)

You guys are weird. You visit enough to comment on a site that obsessively catalogs bridges everywhere yet you feel offended or annoyed somehow that someone dare obsessively photograph said bridges. You'd rather have one photo and be done with it? I'd rather have as many as possible for each of these bridges so I can see exactly what makes them each unique.

More photos, please.

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted March 2, 2007, by Anonymous

I like Fredís Pictures. Some may be of bridges already photographed, but I like his views. Most of these bridges wonít last much longer, itís nice that some one has taken the time to share what some of us may never get a chance to see.

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted March 2, 2007, by old_iron_bridge

Amen to that brother. The web page header should read, " Historic Repeating Bridge Photos of Fred Garcia."

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted March 2, 2007, by Anonymous

Has this web site become the Fred Garcia redundant photo page or what?

Middle Fork AR 7 Bridge
Posted March 1, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 11:00 a.m. on 01 March 2007. This stream is unmarked on the highway. There is no way to tell that there is an open spandrel concrete arch below the deck, unless you get out of your vehicle and start down the embankment at either abuttment. Clear water stream. There is a downstream gravel bar but essentially its impossible to get a photo of the entire bridge from a profile view. Guardrails seem rather flimsy. Some old concrete segments that were once part of the bridge lay at the foot of abuttments.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.