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Belford Bridge


1927 Arkansas River Bridge

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in November 2008


BH Photo #128847

Street View 


Old OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge eastbound

Parker through truss bridge built in 1927 over the Arkansas River on a former alignment of OK 18W. Heading eastbound.

Video posted by J Lance

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Old OK 18W Arkansas River Bridge westbound

Parker through truss bridge built in 1927 over the Arkansas River on a former alignment of OK 18W. Heading westbound from Pawnee to Osage County.

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Through truss bridge over Arkansas River on 5902C
Pawnee County, Oklahoma, and Osage County, Oklahoma
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for Replacement
Built 1927
- Green Beekman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 2,213.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old OK 18W Arkansas River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.50392, -96.84363   (decimal degrees)
36°30'14" N, 96°50'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/693286/4042314 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Doga Creek
Land survey
T. 23 N., R. 4 E., Sec. 2
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 014170000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 14.8 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 13, 2021: Updated by J Lance: Changed name of bridge
  • August 18, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added bridge name
  • April 20, 2010: New Street View added by J Lance
  • February 24, 2010: Updated by J Lance: Changed name of bridge
  • November 23, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Builder's name added.
  • December 1, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney


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


Old OK 18W Arkansas River Bridge
Posted September 3, 2020, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I'm surprised that all the repair and upkeep that has been lavished on this bridge has not resulted in it being in service longer. Look at the beautiful red/brown paint that would seem to be protecting the structure from corrosion. It just shows that you can never tell how long a bridge will last with proper maintenance.

Old OK 18W Arkansas River Bridge
Posted September 1, 2020, by Mark Adkinson (mark [dot] adkinson7 [at] gmail [dot] com)

From ODOT:

Press Release

Monday, August 3, 2020

Oklahoma counties set to benefit from updated roads and bridges improvement plan

A project to replace the more than 2,000-foot-long Belford bridge in Pawnee County, pictured here, is included in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s updated County Improvements for Roads and Bridge plan approved by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission at its Monday, Aug. 3 meeting. The narrow county bridge is one of the only crossings of the Arkansas River in the area and is rated structurally deficient and load posted to five tons.

Partnership between the state and the counties allows for projects like the Belford bridge over the Arkansas River west of Ralston in Pawnee County to be addressed. Load-posted signs went up after the latest inspection of the more than 2,000-foot-long bridge, limiting the route to less than five tons, which closes the bridge to school buses and truck traffic. If it were left to one county to plan and fund the replacement of the bridge, it likely would not happen.

“The Belford bridge and projects like it symbolize how significant the CIRB program is for sustaining the transportation access Oklahomans rely on daily,” said Shelly Williams, ODOT Local Government division engineer. “This bridge has been in need of replacement for many years. Rebuilding this connection could not happen without the CIRB.”

The $13.3 million bridge replacement project is slated for SFY 2025 in the plan, but due to the needs of the community and the urgency to replace the structurally deficient bridge, it is anticipated to go to construction earlier than planned when the preconstruction requirements have been met. The CIRB partnership fosters collaboration and coordination between the state and counties to address issues like this one.

Old OK 18W Arkansas River Bridge
Posted May 26, 2014, by Don Morrison

This must be Belford bridge as on this page:


Five Parkers and a warren pony. The above page is a good resource.

Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 14, 2009, by Bill Teeman (billteem [at] comcast [dot] net)

This bridge is shown in the movie Twister.