Photo taken July 2001 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department
BH Photo #100442
Thanks for the reply & the info Robert. I'll check it out on the AHTD web page.
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.
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?
I AGREE! MORE PICS PLEASE!! I will also be sending more as I can get them!!
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.
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.
Amen to that brother. The web page header should read, " Historic Repeating Bridge Photos of Fred Garcia."
Has this web site become the Fred Garcia redundant photo page or what?
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.