Rating:
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Helena Bridge

Photos 

View at twilight

Photo taken Jan. 2006 by Nathan Culpepper

BH Photo #100781

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Cantilevered Warren through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on US 49 at Helena
Location
Phillips County, Arkansas, and Coahoma County, Mississippi
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1961; rehabilitated 1991
Design
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 839.6 ft.
Total length: 5,202.7 ft. (1.0 mi.)
Deck width: 27.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.3 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.49688, -90.58748   (decimal degrees)
34°29'49" N, 90°35'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/721509/3819892 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Moon Lake
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
5,100
Inventory numbers
AHTD 2899 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10486 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 6, 2010: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • April 1, 2009: New photo from Channin Rosenthal
  • August 26, 2008: New photo from AHTD
  • August 23, 2008: Updated history
  • April 1, 2008: New photos from David Backlin
  • May 22, 2006: Posted photo from Nathan Culpepper

Sources 

Comments 

Helena Bridge
Posted September 3, 2017, by Alan Dewberry (yazoodew [at] gmail [dot] com)

Me, mom and family were some of the first to walk across the Helena bridge on opening day in July 1961. I was 12 years old, great memories! Couldn't believe we didn't have to take the ferry boat anymore to visit relatives in Mississippi.

Helena Bridge
Posted June 5, 2014, by Ramona Pace (ramonapace [at] gmail [dot] com)

These pics taken in 2011 during the flood. Found date stamped on one of the pilings as 1959.

Helena Bridge
Posted February 13, 2009, by JERRY L. MURPHY (jerry9188 [at] att [dot] net)

photos taken 2008

Helena Bridge
Posted April 2, 2008, by bo sansing (rebelbo_28 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

i was born and raised in helena my great uncle frank and my dad help paint the bridge and it was the first bridge on the mississippi that i ever drove across man theres so many memorys here

Helena Bridge
Posted April 2, 2008, by bo sansing (rebelbo_28 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

i was born and raised in helena my great uncle frank and my dad help paint the bridge and it was the first bridge on the mississippi that i ever drove across man theres so many memorys here

Helena Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Helena Native (djohnston1981 [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

This bridge has been hit numerous times. Recently was a couple years ago when a crane on a barge hit it. The AHTD closed the bridge to repair the damage, but did not repair it totally.