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Wolf Creek Bridge

Photos 

Wolf Creek Bridge

Looking SE

Photo from "Spans of Time"

BH Photo #150729

Map 

Other Significant Facts 

Written by Gary Hines

As stated in the book, "Spans of Time", this is the 2nd longest stone arch span in Oklahoma. This bridge is in the Flood plain of nearby Kaw Lake & is OVERTOPPED at times of extreme flooding. When Kaw lake was built (early '70's) this roadway was closed & gated off. It's now an access point for outdoorsmen to a wildlife hunting area. This location is also quite popular with local fishermen - there is a large rock shelf on the NE bank with deep water nearby. The roadway is not maintained from the E/W blacktop & to reach it a 4wd truck is advisable - especially when wet! A major concern for the health of this bridge is erosion at each wing & trees growing ON the structure itself! It's hard to show the massive size of the stones in the pictures - most are nearly 2'X2'X4' in size!!

Gary

Facts 

Overview
Arch bridge over Wolf Creek on N3390
Location
Kay County, Oklahoma
Status
Closed to all public traffic - Wildlife Dept has gated off roadway
History
Built 1914
Builder
- Mike Herber
Design
Native Limestone Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 47.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.88076, -96.95999   (decimal degrees)
36°52'51" N, 96°57'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/681805/4083587 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kaw City NW
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 010100000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29166 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2006)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 27.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2006)
24

Categories 

Arch (11,271)
Built 1914 (719)
Built during 1910s (8,805)
Closed (2,443)
Deck arch (10,508)
Kay County, Oklahoma (64)
Mike Herber (1)
NR-eligible (3,979)
Oklahoma (1,900)
One-lane traffic (7,433)
Owned by county (18,920)
Span length 25-50 feet (13,737)
Stone arch (2,675)
Structurally deficient (18,551)
Total length 25-50 feet (9,933)

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2016: New photo from steve tredway
  • October 9, 2011: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • December 21, 2009: Updated by Gary Hines: Location, design details, links, essay, photos

Sources 

  • Gary Hines - ghines [at] odot [dot] org
  • Wolf Creek Bridge - Details about this bridge in the book 'Spans of Time"
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • steve tredway

Comments 

Wolf Creek Bridge
Posted May 7, 2010, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This bridge is currently open. The gate is laying damaged and abandoned.