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Old US70 Caney Creek Bridge


Side view

Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100788


Street Views 


Open-spandrel arch bridge over Caney Creek on CR 721 (Old US 70)
Pike County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Built 1928; made obsolete by a new bridge in 1971
- Cook & Ransom of Ottawa, Kansas
- Luten Bridge Co. of York, Pennsylvania & Knoxville, Tennessee
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 155.8 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.33829, -93.50125   (decimal degrees)
34°20'18" N, 93°30'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/453894/3799779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 00279 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
AHTD 279 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10490 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 64.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (11,978)
Arkansas (1,745)
Built 1928 (1,165)
Built during 1920s (9,806)
Cook & Ransom (2)
Deck arch (11,218)
Have street view (26,552)
Luten Bridge Co. (129)
NR-eligible (4,047)
Open (39,665)
Open-spandrel arch (745)
Owned by county (20,595)
Pike County, Arkansas (16)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,372)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,881)
US 70 (79)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2018: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • October 1, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 14, 2011: New photos from David Backlin
  • April 9, 2008: New photo from Wayne Kizziar



Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That rusty Armco railing can sure screw-up an otherwise decent looking bridge.

Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

The bridge was a highway design-standard bridge built in the '20's, so yes, it had railings. But not these. Most likely, the bridge had concrete railings that had either balustrades or gothic arches cut into them and were most likely aesthetically pleasing. Design standards since the turn of the century have required railings, so there were railings on this bridge before these. The old ones were probably badly deteriorated and were replaced rather than restored. Some of the photos show areas on the concrete curb where railing posts most likely were once attached.

Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

When I was a kid, those Arkansas bridges didn't have rails at all. JUST CURBS!. Seemed horribly dangerous to me. All of the bridges here in Texas had guardrails, concrete bannisters, or something else. So no. the guardrails on this bridge probably were not original. It probably did not have rails at all!

Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

This is an overall nice looking structure, but its appearance is marred by the grotesque railings, which are obviously not original. Wonder who's idea it was to put those ugly things on there?!?

Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I visited the bridge on 13 February 2011. It appears the original bridge railings and end caps were replaced. If you look closely, you see what's left of the rebar from the original railings.

Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted April 10, 2008, by Lugnuts (lugnuts969 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bike is probably stolen.

Caney Creek Old US 70 Bridge
Posted February 12, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 03 Feb. 2007 at 1:00 pm. This bridge has been bypassed by a modern bridge that is not near as attractive as the single concrete arch of the Old US 70 bridge.

Lot of graffeti on the substructural concrete spandrels. Even located an 20" BMX bicycle that has tumbled down the creek and whose bent wheels are clogged with leaf debris.

Clear running creek is shallow and tranquil. Guardrails are rusty but sound. Easy access to creek from eiher side.

Several vehicles drove accross as I was poking around in the creek bed. Usually I like to pick up a couple of flagstones from the gravel bars; good stepping stones for the garden.

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