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Woolsey Bridge



Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #101220


Street View 


Two-span through truss bridge over West Fork White River on CR 35
West Fork, Washington County, Arkansas
Moved to new location
Future prospects
Available for adaptive reuse : will be part of the City of West Fork's walking and biking trail
Built 1925; Moved to new location 2017
Two pin-connected, 8-panel Parker through trusses
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 303.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 2000
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.88542, -94.16921   (decimal degrees)
35°53'08" N, 94°10'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/394467/3971870 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West Fork
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 17320 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 00000637 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10665 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: To be reused
  • July 2, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: Closed to all traffic
  • March 5, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • July 19, 2008: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge re-opened with weight restrictions



Woolsey Bridge
Posted December 22, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

New bridge is complete and open to traffic. The sharp bend in the road at US 71 has been removed.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted February 26, 2017, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge has been fully removed. Replacement bridge under construction

Woolsey Bridge
Posted January 24, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds like a Win-win situation... I just hope it's done right!

Woolsey Bridge
Posted January 24, 2017, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

NRHP approved move to the city park in West Fork on June 6, 2016, so it will remain on the NRHP after the move is completed.


Woolsey Bridge
Posted November 28, 2016, by Jeremy Beaird (jerebeaird [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is in the process of being disassembled for replacement.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted October 7, 2015, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge is now scheduled to be be moved and become a part of West Fork's walking and bike trail.


Woolsey Bridge
Posted July 2, 2015, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Woolsey Bridge
Posted February 3, 2015, by Melissa Jones (jonespbc [at] mac [dot] com)

The Woolsey Bridge was closed to all traffic in January 2015 and is slated for replacement.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted January 25, 2009, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited the Woolsey Bridge on 21Jan'09. I'm attaching a photo that depicts the installation of precautionary devices to limit access from tall(8'max)/wide/heavy vehicles. I was on the gravel bar underneath the bridge when several cars crossed and it handled them easily. It's obvious that some "fishplate" repairs have been done in the area of the connecting pins. Rivets were replaced with bolts.

Webmaster's note: The photo that was here has been incorporated into the main site.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted November 21, 2007, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The Woolsey bridge has reopened with a 3 ton weight limit.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted September 20, 2007, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

I was there last weekend (9-15-07) and in places, it looks as if the deck *may* be beginning to fall apart underneath. The only thing I noted at street level was a slight gap between the end of the birdge and the roadway. I walked across the bridge a couple times and it felt solid.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted September 19, 2007, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

While I am no engineer, yesterday I was at the Woolsey bridge, and there is no visible metal deterioration above the deck whatsoever. If there is deterioration in the metal structure, then it must be in the floor beams and stringers, but where the floor beams meet the verticles at the pin-connections they look fine to me. I wish I had looked underneath. Sighting down the bridge, the bridge is level and the deck is nice and level, no evidence of shifting at all. Walking across, the deck is smooth and in pretty good shape. The newspaper article linked in previous post states that it will cost between 1.2 million to 1.7 million dollars to repair or replace the bridge. I really fail to see why it would cost that much, even if the floor beams and stringers would have to be replaced and a new deck poured (the deck is concrete). This is a very historic bridge, one of the few remaining multi-span thru-trusses left in the state. Everything possible should be done to preserve it. It is on a minor road, light traffic.

Woolsey Bridge
Posted September 13, 2007, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)


All that's being said right now is "closed indefinitely".

Woolsey Bridge
Posted September 13, 2007, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Latest notice is that this bridge is closed. Permanent or temporary, who knows?