O.K. Allen Bridge
Photos taken March 2007 by David Backlin
BH Photo #109098
Jensen Construction Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has won the bid to build the Fort Buhlow bridges. Jensen narrowly outbid the local Gilchrist Construction Co. of Alexandria, LA. Twin, two-lane concrete bridges will be built, with approaches from Third Street in Alexandria, and Claiborne Street in Pineville (in the process replacing the current bridge over the railroad just NE of the lake. Right-of-way clearing is in full effect.
Written by Cliff Darby
This bridge is named for Governor Oscar K. Allen, the 42nd Governor of Louisiana. It was built in 1936 along with several other bridges along US 71. The OK Allen was the second roadway between Alexandria and Pineville, the only other (at the time) was the narrow Murray Street Bridge, a through-truss swing bridge, which was demolished in the 1980s to make way for the Gillis Long Bridge (also known as the Jackson Street bridge). The third Red River crossing in Rapides Parish was the Fulton Street Bridge, a four-lane vertical lift, through truss bridge, built in the 1960s and demolished in the mid 1990s to make way for (you guessed it) concrete and steel UCEBs that connect to Interstate 49.
Plans have been in the works for the last two decades to replace the OK Allen, due to the narrow width lanes, low vertical clearance, and lack of shoulders. The Louisiana TIMED project outlined plans to replace this bridge; plans that are coming to fruition. The OK Allen will be replaced with two Concrete I-Beam bridges that connect to Interstate 49 to the west, and the 165/71 interchange to the east. Bidding will be let by July 23, 2010, with completion of the entire project around 2014.
- K-Parker through truss bridge over Red River on US 71
- Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
- Replaced by new bridge; destroyed September 2015
- Built 1936; Lost 2015
- Main span: K-Parker through truss
Approaches: K-deck trusses
Length of largest span: 500.0 ft.
Total length: 1,919.4 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
- Also called
- Red River US 71 Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +31.32687, -92.45178 (decimal degrees)
31°19'37" N, 92°27'06" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/552157/3465957 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
- Inventory number
- BH 19100 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of December 2014)
- Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- September 27, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: Lost
- July 28, 2013: New photos from M. D. Caillet
- May 30, 2013: New photo from M. D. Caillet
- October 20, 2011: Updated by Cliff Darby: Updated Status
- January 2, 2011: New video from Cliff Darby
- September 21, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bid for replacement has been accepted.
- July 29, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Edited Description
- July 12, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Updated replacement info
- April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
- April 7, 2010: Essay added by Cliff Darby
- March 25, 2010: New photos from David Backlin
- March 7, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added Street View
- February 19, 2010: New photo from Cliff Darby
- July 22, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: corrected GPS coordinates
- September 27, 2007: Posted photos from David Backlin