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Wallace Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100776

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Camelback through truss bridge over Fourche La Fave on Wallace Road (CR 18)
Location
Perry County, Arkansas
Status
Bridge re-opened following repair. New signage installed
History
Built 1909 by the Southwestern Bridge Co. of Joplin, MO
Builder
- Southwestern Bridge Co. of Joplin, Missouri
Design
Pin-connected, 10-panel Camelback Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 180.1 ft.
Total length: 212.9 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Nimrod Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.93628, -93.05539   (decimal degrees)
34°56'11" N, 93°03'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/494942/3865977 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nimrod
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
40
Inventory numbers
AHTD 15731 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10485 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2011: New photo from Lisa Hyde
  • November 21, 2010: Updated by Fredrick Garcia: Bridge re-opened
  • September 29, 2010: Updated by Fredrick Garcia: Re-opening of bridge is eminent - repairs complete
  • June 9, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Repair are now complete, awaiting inspection and reopening.
  • August 1, 2009: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • February 3, 2009: Bridge damaged by overweight truck. J.R. Manning uploaded a photo from a local newspaper showing the damage.
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history

Sources 

  • AHTD
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fred Garcia
  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER AR-66 - Nimrod Bridge, Spanning Fourche Lafave River at CR 18, Nimrod, Perry County, AR
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Lisa Hyde

Comments 

Wallace Bridge
Posted February 25, 2019, by Daniel

Given the 3 ton weight limit, I'm awfully surprised at how tall they allow. I can't imagine many vehicles at even 8' tall are 3 tons or less, and a lower max height would reduce the chances of another overweight vehicle damaging it.

Wallace Bridge
Posted February 24, 2019, by John Penland (Lpenland [at] sbcglobal)

February 24, 2019. Great bridge, My wife wanted to get out of the truck and walk across instead of riding. Said it was too scary. Good pictures of it on this website. Thanks for posting.

Wallace Bridge
Posted August 19, 2011, by Lisa Hyde (lcsouthall [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is an awesome bridge, but scary! I visited it on 06/11/2011. It was not until I drove across it that I realized how high it was over the water. The boards had been replaced, but as I drove across in my car, the boards were bouncing up at the edges. Some of the nails were sticking up out of the wood by 2-3 inches in some places. It was nerve wrecking, but so worth the experience. The location reminds me of a bayou. Beautiful!

Wallace Bridge
Posted October 16, 2010, by Josh Taylor (bandsman210 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As of Wednesday, October 13, 2010, Wallace Bridge is now back open and in service.

Wallace Bridge
Posted September 29, 2010, by Fredrick Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited the Wallace Bridge on 25 Sept and can say that the bridge is just days away from being opened for traffic. I'm attaching 3 images that show the Standpipes at each side of both approaches, and the signage from Hwy 60. Rock pile has been removed from the north approach which was totally rebuilt. Approach guardrails still need to be installed, but it is basically good to go. Did notice a few new bolts around the anchor pads on the top of the columns.

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

Wallace Bridge
Posted August 3, 2010, by Fredrick Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 26 July 2010 at 5:15 pm. The bridge is still closed but can be walked across. New deck boards have been installed where truck broke through. The south approach has been totally rebuilt with an added concrete abutment that is not original to the bridge. New pins have been installed on both sides of damaged area and the lower I-beam has been repaired (it was badly distorted in accident) or replaced. There is still a rock/dirt pile on the north approach. The weight limits on the signs have been zeroed out. Handrails on both approaches are not installed. Several planks on the non-damaged north end decking are in marginal condition. I would guestimate that reopening might be in 60 days since most of the major work has been completed. Attaching 3 photos that will give a good visual of repairs.

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

Wallace Bridge
Posted June 9, 2010, by Jared Rainer (chumrain [at] att [dot] net)

According to this article, the bridge was repaired in May 2010

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010/may/13/news-brief-20...

I will definitely have to visit this bridge next time I happen to be traveling in Arkansas. Thanks to all those involved for repairing this bridge and keeping it in use, rather than putting in yet another UCEB.

Wallace Bridge
Posted January 26, 2010, by T.Mckinney (thomasm0001 [at] windstream [dot] net)

The dog on the bridge is world famous SKETTER THE WONDER DOG,he lives near the bridge..

Wallace Bridge
Posted October 9, 2009, by Derek Gossage (ihavetastedgrapes [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The good news is, Arkansas is known to be one of the better states when it comes to keeping and restoring older bridges. That's not to say this one will be, but it stands a better chance then other destroyed bridges in other places.

Wallace Bridge
Posted February 23, 2009, by M. FOSTER (yocalmike [at] aol [dot] com)

WHAT A MORON!!!!!!!! I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING BACK THERE FOR THE 100TH YEAR BIRTHDAY OF WALLACE BRIDGE FUN. I KNOW YOU ARKANSAS PEOPLE WILL FIX IT. I HAVE TOLD ALL THESE PEOPLE OUT HERE (CALIFORNIA) ABOUT THIS SIGHT AND WHAT A GREAT TIME I HAD. YES, US CITY BOYS LIKE THAT STUFF ALSO. IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE, I'LL BE OUT THERE WORKING ALONG SIDE ALL OF YOU TO FIX IT. WE CAN PUT A BIG SIGN UP THAT SAYS "JERKS AND MORONS THAT CAN'T READ STAY OFF THE BRIDGE!!!!"

Wallace Bridge
Posted February 4, 2009, by MikeInPdx (mcnair1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This reminds me a little too much of Frenchmans Bluff bridge....another piece of history destroyed by an idiot.

Wallace Bridge
Posted February 4, 2009, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

I think if this bridge had running boards it would increase the load bearing significantly for low relative cost. NOT 34000 lbs worth thought. I posted this comment on the news story page, I'm mad:

I hope the SOB driving that truck was fined, or is forced to pay for the repairs. Dream-on. In our bridgehunting Gene McCluney and I have seen where fires were built on bridges (and bridges destroyed by such fires), have seen where people have "burned" off their tires and impacted the bridge and where just careless drivers have collided with the structures due to poor driving skills or intoxication. Like this we have seen and read of bridges damaged or destroyed by people unwilling to take their overweight loads an alternate route. I guess you can tell it steams me. Public property and living museums damaged or destroyed by the careless or stupid. The Wallace Bridge is a great bridge site, I hope repairs are made.

Wallace Bridge
Posted February 2, 2009, by Martha Gardner Graham (mgardnergraham [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The Conway County Petit Jean Country newspaper of Jan. 28, 2009 reports that the rear wheels of a delivery truck fell through the white oak decking of the historic Wallace Bridge in Perry County. Despite being routed around the bridge the truckdriver took the most direct route, unfortunately.

Wallace Bridge
Posted September 7, 2008, by Michelle Aaron (michelleaaron [at] ymail [dot] com)

I visited the Wallace Bridge on Sept 5, 2008 at 3:00pm. Awesome bridge!!! Highly recommend you see this bridge.

This bridge has a 24 inch square hole on south end had to drive around to avoid. SPOOKY!! Be careful!

Wallace Bridge
Posted March 12, 2007, by old-iron-bridge

Even more redundant photos to counter the Fred Garcia bridge photo machine