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Judsonia Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken Nov. 2001 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #101241

Map 

Street View 

Diagram 

Description 

The Judsonia bridge, completed in 1924, is significant as the only known swing bridge in Arkansas designed as a cantilever. Besides adding an aesthetic touch, the cantilever-like peak on the top of the bridge structurally aids in centering the weight over the center pivot and supporting the ends when the bridge is in an open position. In addition, the bridge was part of a national modernizing movement to improve roads giving the town of Judsonia access to outlying regions on the opposite side of the river.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge with center swing span over Little Red River on CR 66 at Judsonia
Location
White County, Arkansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1924 by the R. L. Gaster Construction Co. of Little Rock
Builder
- R.L. Gaster Construction Co. of Little Rock, Arkansas
Design
From north to south:
Riveted, 5-panel Pratt through truss, length 79 feet
Riveted, 12-panel Warren through truss swing span, total length 265.6 feet
Riveted, 6-panel Warren pony truss, length 49 feet
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 132.8 ft.
Total length: 396.9 ft.
Deck width: 13.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.6 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.26727, -91.63968   (decimal degrees)
35°16'02" N, 91°38'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/623730/3903530 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Judsonia
Inventory numbers
AHTD 17484 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000535 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10673 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 20.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
166

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Good news
  • August 18, 2014: New photos from David Backlin
  • July 5, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • February 28, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • January 13, 2012: HAER photos posted by J.P.
  • July 19, 2009: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • July 18, 2009: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • April 27, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • January 5, 2005: Added diagram

Sources 

  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER AR-51 - Judsonia Bridge
  • Fred Garcia
  • HAER AR-51 - Judsonia Bridge, Spanning LIttle White River at County Road 66, Judsonia, White County, AR
  • Douglas Butler
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Erik Hoffman - edh4801 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Judsonia Bridge
Posted November 10, 2014, by Mark Nixon (nixonmark44 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I worked on the Judsonia bridge for about 6 months before its final opening last year. The view was breathtaking on even the most cloudy or snowy days. I hope everyone that is able gets the chance to walk across it at least once. any questions please feel free to contact me at nixonmark44@yahoo.com

Judsonia Bridge
Posted April 3, 2013, by david guess (dcguess92 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

wish i did. i took them on my girlfreinds ipod. im not sure why they are so small

Judsonia Bridge
Posted March 27, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I sure like the words "the bridge is open again". *grin*

Those are pretty little photos. Do you have larger ones? And I find that overcast days are the best for getting photos of the details. :)

Judsonia Bridge
Posted March 26, 2013, by david guess (dcguess92 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this bridge is now back open and posted with a 3 ton weight limit! went there about 3 days ago and drove across it. it is a beautiful bridge that i have always wanted to see and was so glad to see that white county had rehabilatated it and it was back open, i will attach some pictures but it was very cloudy so there not that pretty but the bridge is there is full beauty!

Judsonia Road Bridge and Railroad Bridge
Posted May 7, 2010, by Stephanie Caputi (nothingmortal [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was able to visit both bridges May 1, 2010 and take some pics that I thought you might like to see. A car was able to pass over the Road Bridge after unlocking both gates, and we were fortunate to witness the BNSF train passing over the RR Bridge.

Judsonia Bridge
Posted November 26, 2009, by J Lance (bugo73 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2009/nov/26/judsonia-brid...

An engineering firm says an 85-year-old bridge could be used for at least 20 more years by most vehicles after repairs that would cost $509,000.

The bridge over the Little Red River was built in 1924 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department closed the bridge in 2007 because of a cracked crossbeam.

White County Judge Michael Lincoln said engineering firm Garver LLC of Little Rock told him the repairs would give the bridge enough strength to allow traffic up to school buses, but not commercial trucks, to start using it again on a daily basis.

The firmís preliminary report has been given to the Arkansas Highway Department along with a request for approval.

The bridge is the only direct link between Judsonia and Kensett.

Judsonia Bridge
Posted August 4, 2008, by Trent Dowler (tdowler [at] grnco [dot] net)

I visited the Judsonia Bridge on 8-4-08 and found that there have been gates placed at each end to prevent vehicle traffic from entering the bridge. The gates and posts looked like they had been placed very recently because the welds and bare metal parts were not rusted.

The gates were humg on hinges and a chain and padlock placed on the free end. I saw this as hope that the bridge would be repaired and reopened. If it were permanently closed, I don't think there would have been reason to place moveable gates.

While walking out onto the bridge, just the weight of my body caused a few creaks and rattles. Jumping up and down caused several more rattles.

Pictures #11 and #13 on the main page are actually of the railroad bridge just to the east of this bridge.

Judsonia Bridge
Posted April 26, 2008, by Daniel Arnold (oak_grove99 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is still closed as of 16 April. There is gravel piled at both ends of the bridge so it doesn't look like it will be repaired anytime soon. However, no traffic on the bridge gives one a great opportunity to wander around it and look at the details. It's a very unique design for the area!

Judsonia Bridge
Posted October 13, 2007, by Barbi Davis (bdavis1967 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

FYI Just heard on the news that this bridge has been closed to all traffic until further notice for repairs. I hope they don't tear it down. It seems they are trying to fix it, but the cost could be over $50,000.00.

Judsonia Bridge
Posted February 12, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on Saturday, 10 Feb. 2007, at 2 pm.

Like all wooden deck bridges, the boards rumble when crossing but its plenty sturdy. The center span no longer swivels, but the steel casters that permitted pivoting are intact on the center pier.

Underneath this bridge by the western abuttment, there were carcasses of at leat 10 geese or large ducks; along with your standard deer hunters discards.

About 1/4 mile upriver is an old railroad bridge that also used to pivot on center column. The operator house and some mechanism is still visible and I believe the rail line is in current service.

At one end of this bridge is a tall rusty water tank and an incinerator stack from an abandoned plant.

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

Judsonia Bridge
Posted November 17, 2006, by Christopher McCormick (egyptian_eyes72443 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

this is one freaky bridge to drive over thought the bridge was going to go everytime i drove over it and i thought the old iron bridge in allegan michigan was scary