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Augusta Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #101253

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost cantilevered through truss over White River on US 64 at Augusta
Location
Woodruff County, Arkansas, and White County, Arkansas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Completed in November 1930; replaced 2001
Builders
- Ira G. Hedrick
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
- Parham Construction Co. of East St Louis, Illinois
- Raymond Pile & Concrete Co.
Design
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 399.8 ft.
Total length: 3,064.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.29007, -91.39418   (decimal degrees)
35°17'24" N, 91°23'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/646021/3906393 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Augusta SW
Inventory numbers
AHTD 00613 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000505 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD 613 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10677 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/1991)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 18.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1987)
4,600

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2012: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • March 28, 2010: New photo from David Backlin
  • January 1, 2010: Posted HAER photos
  • February 20, 2005: Posted AHTD photo

Sources 

  • HAER AR-13 - Augusta Bridge
  • AHTD
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com

Comments 

Augusta Bridge
Posted June 24, 2009, by Milinda Houlette (cherokeeredbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My dad, J.N. Prince, could remember the river prior to construction of the 1930 bridge. He stated that for years after it was finished, users would have to pay toll to cross - each way. He said that when it was originally created, forest covered much of the land that is now field on either side of the river. The arc of the bridge was created so steep to allow barges to pass under during flood - and to dissuade wolves from crossing when ice was on the road. The White River had frozen solid several years prior to its construction and men had to stand watch to prevent the carnivores from killing their cattle.

As a kid, I remember my grandpa, Bud Willard, helping to log the trees from that area. At the same time, Papa argued with the townsmen that if they removed all the trees from the shores that they'd pay for it by and by because the White and her floods would wash downtown away. It has taken forty years, but I believe these words are being seen as truth now.

Augusta Bridge
Posted March 9, 2007, by Kip (cityman05 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I can remember going over this bridge for most of my life. It was a beautiful sight, but the lanes were so narrow.

When I first began driving at the age of 14, I would literally be drenched with sweat when my car finally made it across the bridge. Several times I met an oversized 18-wheeler when I reached the top and wondered if I had enough room to make it through.

I have seen several pictures of the bridge when it was destroyed and a friend of mine even helped build the new bridge.

I found out from my grandmother that when her family came here from Missouri, they lived in a covered wagon below the bridge for several months.