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Index Bridge

Photos 

Photo from Ernie Deane Photograph Collection - Arkansas History Commission

BH Photo #159613

Map 

Documents 

Arkansas Highway Department Announces Replacment for Index Bridge

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Arkansas Highways Magazine, March/April 1974

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Description 

This bridge was built in 1919. According to documents provided by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the bridge was constructed using trusses of two former bridges that were hauled via barge and re-assembled assembled on site. The two southmost spans came from a railroad bridge, well the remaining three spans came from a double-Decker Bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Red River on US 71 built 1919
Location
Little River County, Arkansas, and Miller County, Arkansas
Status
Replaced by new bridge 1980
History
Built 1919; Replaced 1980
Design
Through truss
Also called
Old US 71 Red River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.55235, -94.04311   (decimal degrees)
33°33'08" N, 94°02'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/403166/3713009 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ogden
Inventory number
BH 44645 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2019: New photos from Austin Ardwin
  • September 19, 2019: Updated by Austin Ardwin: C
  • August 28, 2016: New photo from Austin Ardwin
  • November 22, 2015: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • April 18, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 18, 2014: Updated by Brad Smith: lost date from nbi data on new bridge
  • May 13, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added approx GPS
  • March 28, 2010: Added by David Backlin

Sources 

  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Brad Smith - gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Index Bridge
Posted September 19, 2019, by Austin Ardwin

You can view the plans for this bridge at:

https://www.arkansashighways.com/historic_bridge/State%20Hig...

Old US 71 Red River Bridge
Posted June 22, 2010, by Brad SMith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

OMG this bridge was scary! About 21 feet wide and full speed traffic!