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Newkirk Bridge



Grand River Bridge

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in December 2008




Through truss bridge over Neosho River on OK 51
Cherokee County, Oklahoma, and Wagoner County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1949; Replaced 2016
K-Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 1,126.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Richard D. Newkirk Bridge
Fort Gibson Lake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.93035, -95.26900   (decimal degrees)
35°55'49" N, 95°16'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/286573/3975995 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wagoner East
575 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 111290000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28790 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2013)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 23.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2016: Updated by Luke: Blown up
  • January 1, 2010: Updated by John Cross: Corrected crossing to Neosho River/Ft. Gibson Lake, added elev.
  • December 3, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney



Newkirk Bridge
Posted March 17, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for saving it!

Best of luck to you!

Art S.

Newkirk Bridge
Posted March 17, 2016, by Derek Nixon (nixon5thair [at] aol [dot] com)

The east end 60 foot Parker Pony has been saved. The bridge has been trucked 2.5 miles west of old location and will be used by motor vehicles to cross a creek on private property.

The bridge will be easily visible from hwy 51, north side of hwy.

Newkirk Bridge
Posted February 19, 2016, by Dale Aydell (daleaydell [at] eatel [dot] net)

My son is pulling the debris out of the lake. Biggest piece so far. He'll probably be there about three weeks before heading back to Louisiana

Newkirk Bridge
Posted February 18, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Newkirk Bridge
Posted February 17, 2016, by Anonymous

Kelley did say that they think they may have made a mistake on which bridge they saw on the news.

Newkirk Bridge
Posted February 17, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge was blown up IN ADDITION to another multi-span truss in the state the other day in the same state?! That's just stupid. What will this state do after it blows up all its heritage? Come visit Oklahoma and watch the tornadoes stir up the dust? Because if this is what this state thinks of its heritage thats all that will be left.

Neosho River
Posted February 16, 2016, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

Implosion of this bridge set for 9am today

Neosho River
Posted August 22, 2012, by Bob Kashwer (bastranger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is construction activity suggesting that replacement of this bridge is underway.

The causeway on the west end is being widened, with the new fill being added on the south side of the causeway.

It appears the plan is to make the causeway 4 lanes, build a new 2 lane bridge on the south side of the existing bridge and then after the new bridge is finished traffic would go over the new bridge and the old one would be replaced, making the finished project a 4 lane causeway and bridge. There isn't (yet) any evidence of widening Highway 51 on either end of the project.

I will try and get a picture or two of the new causeway construction and post it later.