4 votes

Ballard Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Gene McCluney in March 2007


BH Photo #129108



Through truss bridge over Ballard Creek on N4740 Rd. in Watts
Adair County, Oklahoma
One end has come lose from the foundation and twisted down stream.
Built 1929
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Span length: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 100.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.10634, -94.56483   (decimal degrees)
36°06'23" N, 94°33'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/359149/3996876 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 023290000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28665 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Wes Kinsler
  • May 5, 2009: Updated by James Dickey SR
  • December 3, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • November 11, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge creek crossing updated.


  • Rick Mattioni
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • James Dickey SR - Proudnamvet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wes Kinsler


Ballard Creek Bridge
Posted June 7, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

What was the point of the piers if it did not bring the load rating up any? That was really a fine old bridge too.

Ballard Creek Bridge
Posted May 6, 2009, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

As I said to my bridge buddy Gene, this bridge did not collapse, it was sabotaged. Destroyed by whatever entity that put the ignorant "piers" under it. Bridges strength and load bearing capacity is with the load downward, if they were supposed to be logjam dams the trusses would be sideways. When they "strengthened" this bridge they doomed it. A beaver has better sense. Too bad!