This bridge is doomed.
I don't think this bridge exists or existed. Witte is old OK 112 and the original OK 112 bridge is still extant as a footbridge.
If you go to historicaerials.com and search for Poteau, OK and navigate to this crossing and click on the 1955 aerial, it appears to show a truss bridge with no deck.
I visited this bridge on November 29, 2016 and am pleased to report that it is open to traffic! The furthest west approach spans have been replaced and the deck has settled on some of the approaches but the trusses seem to be in excellent shape. Lets hope it stands another 111 years.
My research indicates that this bridge did indeed carry OK 51 (and OK 58) at one time. The attached map reinforces my theory. Note that US 270 once went through Canton. It was rerouted to go through Oakwood after this map was printed.
It appears that this bridge has been removed.
I'm 99.9% sure US 59 never ran through here. US 59 in Oklahoma didn't exist until 1934. The predecessor to US 59, OK 23, *might* have run through here but I doubt it. This was likely a county road bridge.
Parts of 'Twister' were filmed in Texas. In one scene, a Texas farm road route marker sign can be seen.
It appears that this bridge has been moved here, considering its late date.
I would say there's a 99% chance that US 70 originally ran across the old Idabel bridge. I've driven the back way from Idabel to Broken Bow and the road is like an old highway.
One day back in September of 2000, I decided to go on a little roadtrip to view some of the infamous Dice swinging bridges of Miller County. I lived in Knob Noster at the time. My route took me through Warsaw. I headed east out of Warsaw on MO 7 and wanted to get to US 54. I wanted to see if the US 54 Niangua River bridge was still extant (Only one truss remained), so I chose to cut through via Route J. As I turned onto J, I noticed a low clearance sign and thought "Cool! A through truss!" I traveled a few miles when I saw some more clearance warnings and started to get excited. I approached a river crossing and got an adrenaline rush. I rounded the corner and instead of a truss, I spotted this monster. I had absolutely no idea it was there (this was before Bridgehunter). I didn't see a good place to take pictures so I kept driving. It's ironic that on the way to visit suspension bridges in Miller County, I found a a swinging bridge just off the beaten path. The moral of the story is to keep your eyes open at all times and you never know what you might find.
I can decode the white sign next to the bridge. The 182-4 refers to highway 182, section 4. The center of this bridge is 1.05 miles from the beginning of section 4.
There was an issue of the Looking Glass magazine in the late '70s or early '80s with a picture of this bridge.
Was this once a railroad bridge? It is wide enough for 2 cars to squeeze through but the heavy construction and late construction date indicate that it could easily be a former rail bridge. The only thing that makes me think that it wasn't a rail bridge is the width of the bridge. This bridge is in very good shape and is sturdy, as a car crossed the bridge while I was standing on it and the bridge didn't budge or shake or anything. Neat bridge. Well worth the drive if you are traveling US 412 between Tulsa and Inola. Take OK highway 412P south and go straight when OK 412P turns to the left (east). You can't miss it.
Why is this bridge on this site? This is the antithesis of what this site is all about.