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Sailboat Bridge

Photo 

View of Bridge

Photo by Oklahoma Department of Transportation

View this photo at okladot.state.ok.us

BH Photo #126651

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost deck truss bridge over Grand Lake on US 59 in Copeland
Location
Delaware County, Oklahoma
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1938; demolished and replaced 2001
Builder
- Virginia Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Design
Continuous Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 2,548.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Grand Lake Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.64321, -94.82123   (decimal degrees)
36°38'36" N, 94°49'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/334822/4059671 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Afton NE
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
5,200
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 065920000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28922 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2015)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 88.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Added builder's name.

Sources 

  • Rick Mattioni

Comments 

Sailboat Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I believe this is the bridge referenced as the Grove Highway Bridge by the AISC. If so, it was a Second Honorable Mention of the Most Beautiful Steel Bridge Award, 1939 Class B. At the time of award, the bridge was owned by the Grand River Dam Authority, who also was the engineer for the bridge. The fabricator for the main trusses was the Virginia Bridge Company, with Patterson Steel Co. for the approach spans, floor system and railings.

http://www.aisc.org/contentNSBA.aspx?id=21362

Grand Lake Bridge
Posted October 19, 2007, by Karl Zimmerman (karl [dot] zimmerman [at] valpo [dot] edu)

This bridge (a 1937 deck truss, known as Sailboat Bridge in the area) is long gone. The bridge was functionally obsolete by about 1990, and starting about 1997 Oklahoma DOT began replacing the bridge with two new bridges, both segmental concrete. The old bridge was demolished to make room for one of the new ones.

I don't know about anyone else, but the new bridges lack the aesthetics of the old ones...

The first picture is the original Sailboat Bridge (credit Oklahoma DOT). The second is a panoramic view of the new Sailboat Bridge(s).