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Poteau River Bridge


Poteau River Bridge near Shady Point

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in March 2007


BH Photo #128890


Through truss bridge over Poteau River on FAU 1492 near Shady Point
Poteau, Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement, unless a new owner can be found.
Built ca. 1920
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Main span: Pin-connected Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 358.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.8 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.13568, -94.65127   (decimal degrees)
35°08'08" N, 94°39'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/349560/3889337 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 011700000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29223 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Slated for demolition and replacement, unless a new owner can be found.
  • January 7, 2020: New photos from Mark Brown
  • December 24, 2019: Updated by J Lance: Undid erroneous edits
  • November 20, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Builder's name added.
  • December 2, 2008: Updated by Gene McCluney: corrrected data


  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Rick Mattioni
  • J Lance - bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Mark Brown - markwbrown66 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth


Poteau River Bridge
Posted January 7, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the new photos

Poteau River Bridge
Posted November 3, 2019, by Brian Boling (shinmizu [at] gmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately, Google Maps isn't marking this thing as closed; it shows the road continuing across the Poteau River. So, we ended up programming a bike ride across here in our GPS. We backtracked and crossed elsewhere. It looks like the surface was intentionally scraped back into a pile around at least one of the sides (we didn't try to cross to check the other).

Poteau River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2012, by Melissa Jones (mrhsfan [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge near Shady Point has since been closed, though the locals still try to use it. I am attaching a couple of photos of the bridge as of a few months ago.