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Pruitt Bridge


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Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100729


Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Buffalo River on AR 7
Newton County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement 2020
Built 1931 by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Co.
- Fred Luttjohann of Topeka, Kansas
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 374.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.06121, -93.13802   (decimal degrees)
36°03'40" N, 93°08'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/487570/3990746 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2019)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 01689 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000509 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD 1689 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2018: New photo from GT Comer
  • March 9, 2015: New Street View added by Tony Dillon
  • February 28, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 2, 2010: Posted HAER photos
  • February 18, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for replacement
  • January 20, 2005: Added AHTD photos



Pruitt Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes, there was a bridge before this bridge per HAER documentation, but I am not sure what type it was. It was noted that the previous bridge was in good condition, the main reason it was replaced was its design load capacity was not high enough. So it is quite possible you found remnants of the previous bridge.

Pruitt Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Joe (admin [at] jaspercomp [dot] com)

downstream of the current bridge, back in the woods on the opposite side of the river, there appears to be another base for a previous bridge...I know this one was built in 1931, but was there one before this? Pic attached.


Pruitt Bridge
Posted April 12, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I have no idea.

Pruitt Bridge
Posted April 11, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

David, Do you know if a Section 106 Review has been conducted for this project?

Pruitt Bridge
Posted April 11, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Stupid. They try to make it sound as if they've put more than an extreme minimal amount of effort into maintaining it over its first 85 years in existence. I'm quite sure there isn't another bridge quite like this one to be found anywhere else either...

Pruitt Bridge
Posted April 11, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

AHTD is abandoning plane to save this bridge for a hiking trail citing the expense to maintain it.


Pruitt Bridge
Posted March 9, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very unique and fascinating bridge. HAER documentation provides good insight. My interpretation of the bridge taking into account images and HAER docs is:

Looking at the bridge at the ends of the through truss in Google Street View, note the pin, and also note the empty rivet holes, both at the pin connection and on the adjacent vertical. HAER documentation indicates this bridge was built as a thru truss using cantilever method, with the detail at the pin-connection functioning as a rigid riveted connection enabling construction of the main span via cantilever method thereby avoiding falsework. Afterwards, the riveted connection was removed (explains the empty rivet holes), the pin connection retained, so now the bridge functions as three simple truss spans, not continuous, not a cantilever. HAER docs note the bridge was designed in a day. If this is true, I would assume it was possible because there must have been a state standard Pennsylvania truss (and maybe Warren pony truss) plan that the engineer must have adapted.

Anyway, that's my best explanation based on info provided.

Pruitt Bridge
Posted March 9, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very unusual configuration here... What do you make of this one Nathan Holth?

Pruitt Bridge
Posted February 17, 2009, by J Lance

This bridge is going to be replaced in the near future, but AHTD has worked out a deal with the Department of the Interior to preserve this bridge as a pedestrian bridge and to transfer ownership of the bridge to the Department of the Interior.