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North Fork Red River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Wes Kinsler

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BH Photo #151585

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
23-span pony truss bridge over North Fork Red River on E1645
Location
Jackson County, Oklahoma, and Tillman County, Oklahoma
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1929; closed to traffic Oct. 2009
Design
23 riveted 5-panel Parker pony truss spans and one steel stringer span all with concrete decks.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 1,924.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.63483, -99.09703   (decimal degrees)
34°38'05" N, 99°05'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/491106/3832552 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Long Mountain
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 023620000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29077 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2009)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 31.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
40

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2016: New photos from Mark Yurina
  • May 24, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Wes Kinsler: Updated bridge info

Sources 

  • Wes Kinsler
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Mark Yurina - markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

North Fork Red River Bridge
Posted October 30, 2009, by Kim J

I am referring to the railroad overpass. I am sad to say I haven't done a lot of investigating of the overpass bridge, the river bridge has been my main focus. The meeting will take place Nov 3rd and I, along with numerous others, will be attending. The closing of this bridge is saddening for so many of our area. There are families that come to mourn their dead, who's ashes have been thrown off this bridge, from as far away as Ohio. So many cherished memories that are to be thrown away. We, the people of Jackson County Oklahoma, are going to do our very best to ensure this bridge remains accessible to those of us who still treasure it.

North Fork Red River Bridge
Posted October 30, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

You must be talking about the railroad overpass (having been closed first)? It is an interesting bridge in itself-it appears to have been converted from a railroad bridge to highway use as a Federal Aid Project, since there was evidence of now missing FAP plaques near the bridge. It is a unique overpass, and very similar to the now demolished US 66 Luther overpass, which I have only seen in photos.

When is the meeting? Do you plan to attend? I've attached some pictures of the overpass.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

North Fork Red River Bridge
Posted October 30, 2009, by Kim J

Yes, just this week, Monday, it was decided. An adjoining county, Tillman, voted to close a bridge that was approx 1/2 mile east of this bridge. Without access from the east it was decided there was no use in paying for annual inspections on our wonderful bridge. This matter is not closed however, as there will be a meeting next week with the commissioner, a senator and the town of Headrick. Stay tuned.....

North Fork Red River Bridge
Posted October 29, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

What?? They closed it? Why? Such an amazing bridge, and very scenic at the east end adjacent to the rock & RR overpass.

North Fork Red River Bridge
Posted October 28, 2009, by Kim J

This is truly an amazing bridge. I had traveled across this bridge frequently until the Jackson County Commissioners voted to close it.