Nathan, please add my voice to yours. Definitely an American treasure worth of restoration and preservation.
There is no interpretive signage at this bridge presently. As a Consulting Party for Section 106 on this project, I have requested additional consideration of rehab for vehicular use, and a number of other consulting parties have expressed the same. Preservation for pedestrian use is being considered as well, but in light of Route 66 being a driving experience (and driving this long pony truss bridge offering a unique experience as well), we feel that if at all possible, vehicular use deserves priority, moreoso than with other bridge types.
Also, I second Jeff's comment. I saw no signage explaining the importance of this bridge, or pointing Route 66 buffs to it. Maybe I missed them.
Drove over this one today. Very impressive and worth a visit. See it while you can, just in case it does get replaced.
Field visited this bridge June 2016. Photos and GoPro Video to eventually/someday end up on HistoricBridges.org. Meanwhile I uploaded the uncut/raw GoPro video to YouTube because this is a very cool bridge that photos do not do justice for... I felt the video helps better convey the length of the bridge. This bridge is AT RISK FOR DEMOLITION! OKDOT even admits its the most historic bridge in the state. Video: https://youtu.be/SHMSSYramGA
Below is a photo I took showing the bridge is so long that the optical distortion caused by the hot Oklahoma sun actually makes the far end of the bridge nearly disappear.
Bridgefans and route 66 buffs alike must relish this iconic span in the next five years. If 2015 has alotted funds, the preverbable UCEB will replace this beauty.
We crossed this bridge last week on motorcycles. Was one of our planned detours as we crossed I-40-US66. Found location listed in one of Oklahoma's Route 66 flyers. We love crossing all the old metal truss bridges on bikes. My only complaint would be that this bridge is NOT marked as a landmark, nor any signage leading you to It. Was directed off 44 at exit 108 to a blind left turn onto a stretch of old 66 in the book. Easy to find from Exit 101, 281 north spur, automatically will cross bridge. I would like to see some Historic markers for This Bridge and the old stretch of US 66 that still exist near Geary Oklahoma. Loved crossing this bridge as long as 13 football fields stacked end to end!