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OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge

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Arkansas River Bridge at Ralston

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in November 2008

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Ralston Bridge

K-Truss bridge built in 1935 over the Arkansas River in Ralston, Oklahoma on OK 18.

Video posted by J Lance

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Facts 

Overview
K-Parker through truss bridge over Arkansas River on OK 18 in Ralston
Location
Pawnee County, Oklahoma, and Osage County, Oklahoma
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1935
Builder
- List & Weatherly Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Design
Main spans: Through K-trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 1,470.2 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.50464, -96.72597   (decimal degrees)
36°30'17" N, 96°43'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/703655/4042328 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fairfax
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
1,400
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 046030000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29585 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2013)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • November 8, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 20, 2010: New Street View added by J Lance
  • February 25, 2010: New photo from David Backlin
  • February 24, 2010: New video from J Lance
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by J Lance: Added a few details
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected GPS
  • December 29, 2009: Updated by J Lance: Added Osage County
  • November 23, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Builder's name added.
  • December 1, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney

Sources 

  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Jeff McNeiland
  • Rick Mattioni
  • J Lance - bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Rob Brock - k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 22, 2016, by Wes Kinsler (webmaster [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

Drove past last weekend and only three through spans and two pony spans at east end were still standing.

Such a pity.

This was the first bridge I photographed.

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted October 28, 2015, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Parts of 'Twister' were filmed in Texas. In one scene, a Texas farm road route marker sign can be seen.

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks so much for posting the photo... definitely looks close, they even got the rebar set for the railing.

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 12, 2015, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's pretty far along; you can see it on the right in the distance. The deck appeared to be completed.

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted December 26, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Rhys,

Thanks for sharing the status of the bridge. How far along is the replacement bridge? Trying to get a sense of when the historic bridge will be demolished.

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted December 24, 2014, by Rhys Martin (rhysfunk [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is now down to one lane as they build the new one alongside.

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

Seen in the opening credits of the movie Twister, filmed in Oklahoma and in Boone, Hardin, and Story counties in Iowa.

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted November 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This state is fast moving to catch up with Pennsylvania for lack of preservation and rampant demolition. This bridge is doomed, and its one of the best K-trusses in the state!

OK 18 Arkansas River Bridge
Posted February 23, 2010, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is a monster. It has to be seen in person to be appreciated. The K-truss design is common in Oklahoma but seems to be rare elsewhere.