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Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge

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Oblique View of Bridge Looking Southwest

Photo taken 1957, when this was still an active railroad bridge.

Photo from Beryl Ford Collection/Tulsa Rotary Club, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

View this photo at tulsalibrary.org

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Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Warren deck truss bridge over Arkansas River on Tulsa River Parks Trail in Tulsa
Location
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Status
Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
Scheduled for (shameless) Demolition
History
Built 1917, Approach Added 1937 converted to pedestrian/bicycle trail bridge in 1976.
Railroads
- Midland Valley Railroad (MV)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Built as Warren deck truss, wooden pedestrian and bicycle trail built inside trusses, but original ties remain.
Also called
Midland Valley - Arkansas River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.12100, -95.98855   (decimal degrees)
36°07'16" N, 95°59'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/231023/4001506 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jenks
Inventory number
BH 37704 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arkansas River (101)
Built 1917 (570)
Built during 1910s (8,648)
Deck truss (1,487)
Doomed (1,048)
Have street view (21,628)
Midland Valley Railroad (17)
Oklahoma (1,894)
Open to pedestrians (3,481)
Owned by city (4,435)
Rail-to-trail (1,285)
Railroad (12,862)
Riveted (1,810)
Truss (29,248)
Tulsa County, Oklahoma (64)
Tulsa, Oklahoma (28)
Warren deck truss (530)
Warren truss (5,689)

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2017: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 21, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Riveted"
  • April 21, 2017: New Street View added by Dave King
  • October 20, 2008: Added by Rick Mattioni

Sources 

  • Rick Mattioni
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2017, by John Marvig

The issue that I see is the approach on one end was removed to make room for a park project a couple years back.

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2017, by Anonymous

But if they would just fix up the historic bridge, they would be right on Target.

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 21, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Since the new bridge will likely be a bland, mundane MOB, they should make the trail lead to as many Wal-marts as possible...

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by Anonymous

A post in the comments section suggests that the bridge is unsafe for a short length near one end.

So they're going to tear it down and build a wonderful new bridge that will last 100 years.

Maybe they will change the trail's name to "The Money Trail". It would be interesting to see where that trail goes.

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is too bad. It is hard to convince people to see the value in truss bridges. Of course, people didn't see the value in historic buildings of any type during the urban renewal of the 1950s and 1960s. Now we have come to regret those mistakes.

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert,

What I'm reading out of the article isn't deterioration. They just want to place a modern bridge there instead. Such shameless wastefulness.

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, a bridge that once carried trains has been allowed to deteriorate to the point that it cannot carry pedestrians? A little paint and an occasional cleaning does wonders for preserving metal. This is a lot cheaper than replacing a bridge.

Not maintaining a bridge and then replacing it is like junking a three year old car because the tires are bald.

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/public-input-sought-for...

Seems extremely wasteful and stupid to me...

Midland Valley Trail - Arkansas River Bridge
Posted April 20, 2017, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is doomed.

River Parks Pedestrian Bridge
Posted April 2, 2010, by tisha (lcounts86 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hi, How long is the bridge if you walk all the way across?