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Broadway Bridge



Photo taken Nov. 2001 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #100915

Street Views 


Driving the Broadway Bridge

Mark W. Shannon


The new (in 2017) Broadway Bridge replaces the original bridge of the same name that was demolished in 2016. It has quite an attractive and iconic design. It has four 11' traffic lanes and a separate 16' bicycle and pedestrian lane on the east side.


Through arch bridge over the Arkansas River on US 70 (Broadway Street) between Little Rock and North Little Rock
North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Current bridge opened to traffic in 2017
Opened in March, 2017 after previous bridge here was demolished
- Garver LLC (Designers)
- Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Contractor)
The design allowed for the twin-arch superstructure to be assembled on barges downriver and then floated into place. The two 450' spans incorporate basket handle steel arches.
Length of largest span: 450.0 ft.
Total length: 2,786.3 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 60.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 24.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.75229, -92.27432   (decimal degrees)
34°45'08" N, 92°16'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/566418/3845813 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Little Rock
300 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
AHTD A2978 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10534 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 12.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 13, 2019: New photos from William Spears
  • October 11, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished.
  • September 28, 2016: Updated by David Backlin: Closed for Replacement
  • August 25, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 26, 2016: New video from Mark Shannon
  • February 28, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • September 30, 2012: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • February 27, 2011: New photos from David Backlin
  • January 19, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Scheduled for replacement 2013
  • June 8, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • April 1, 2009: New photo from Channin Rosenthal
  • January 3, 2009: New photo from David Backlin
  • July 5, 2005: Posted photos from Wayne Kizziar



Broadway Bridge
Posted March 1, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

New bridge opened March 1.

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 9, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Here are some photos I took in November 2016 showing the replacement arch assembly. They were being put together along the shoreline and will be moved into place.

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

1974 Tied Arch Span FAIL of DEMOLITION: http://katv.com/news/local/broadway-bridge-still-stands-afte...

Its an ironic contrast to the exactly one century older 1874 Springfield Bridge in Arkansas, which will soon be the exact opposite.. a SUCCESS in PRESERVATION.


Broadway Bridge
Posted August 25, 2016, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge scheduled to close permanently on September 28, 2016. Replacement bridge is expected to open within 6 months after old bridge closes.


Broadway Bridge
Posted January 22, 2015, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Today, January 22, 2015 saw the arrival of a construction barge that will be removing the bridge.

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 15, 2013, by Ben Whatley (bswhatley7121 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found this video about the new Broadway Bridge design. It appears that there will be no UCEB, but a double arch bridge instead.


Broadway Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Chris Litherland (photolitherland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looking through all my old photos, thought I had taken a picture of this bridge. This is from last summer form a hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Broadway Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Bill McGann

It's ironic when there is no money to repair bridges, but plenty of money to replace them. Sounds like as big a scam as needing $500 Billion for National Defense.

Broadway Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Photolitherland (photolitherland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Im sure this bridge will just be replaced with a generic cement piece of crap bridge, so sad when they decide when they cant repair these bridges, although, Im sure they could if they actually tried.

Broadway Bridge
Posted March 11, 2011, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Well, I'm really glad I took the opportunity to visit and photograph it last year. I just think it's a waste to let things slip out of reach like that. There's a lot of history in that bridge!

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 20, 2011, by Ervin Hoffmeister III (ervinhoff3 [at] suddenlink [dot] net)

Time is running out for the 88 year old bridge .

The Arkansas Highway Dept. Has Anounced the old bridge is no longer repairable and out of date . The old bridge will be torn down and A new bridge will be built in the same place . This will take place some time before the end of 2013 . Sources 1-19-2011 THV Chanel 11 Little Rock . www.kthv.com This site has A complete story.

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 19, 2011, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Oh no ! That is very bad news David. Thanks for the heads up , I'll put it on my list to go photograph again before it's too late.

Broadway Bridge
Posted January 19, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)


Bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2013

Broadway Bridge
Posted May 9, 2006, by Greg Davis (fastalk [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

My grandfather told me there was a marker placed in 1927 on this bridge showing the highest mark the river got during the flood. Do you know anything about this?