The new Wal-Mart is now open, and is located roughly 1/2 mile directly North of this Marsh arch bridge. Additionally, the intersection of 166 and 169 has been rebuilt immediately North of the Wal-Mart, which actually sits very close to the new four-lane bridge over the Verdigris River. Thus, most of the traffic between Coffeyville and the store, is likely using the new bridge, not this old one.
Although a small county road connects the Wal-Mart with the old Marsh arch bridge, I doubt that the store has caused a major increase in traffic over the old bridge. Of course, a survey would have to confirm this.
According to the NBI, this bridge may be eligible for the NRHP. I will update the page to reflect this.
Concerning the Super Wal-Mart that is scheduled to be built near this bridge, it has been reported that many citizens of Coffeyville would like to see it built in a different location which would be more convenient and less prone to flooding. In June of 2007, the area around this bridge experienced a major flood, raising doubts that this location would be an ideal place for a new Wal-Mart.
Yes, the bridge is on east 8th street, east of Walter Johnson Park. I suspect that this bridge would easily qualify for the National Register of Historic Places and it would probably be a worthwhile venture for somebody to attempt to do so.
Is this the bridge on East 8th? Is there a possibility it will be torn down when the new WalMart is built? I would hate to see that happen.
My grandfather was an engineer on this bridge, and his name is on the plaque that is on the corner. :)
Clifford O. Nielson