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Norfork Bridge


Overview from the ground

Photo taken June 2001 by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100072

Street View 


Lost four-span deck truss bridge over North Fork White River on AR 5 at Norfork
Norfork, Baxter County, Arkansas
Replaced by a new bridge
Construction started Aug. 21, 1936, by the Vincennes Steel Company; dedicated June 17, 1937; Demolished September 2014
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 166.0 ft.
Total length: 533.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.21278, -92.28646   (decimal degrees)
36°12'46" N, 92°17'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/564136/4007784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 00587 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000512 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
AHTD 587 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10210 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 38.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 28, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 26, 2014: Updated by David Backlin: Updated status to LOST
  • April 8, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • January 8, 2005: All new photos



Norfork Bridge
Posted January 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I continue to be amazed at how many people feel the need to flaunt their stupidity. Apparently, the reason this bridge is being replaced is because its like the I-35W bridge. Which it isn't. http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20130107/NEWS01/301070...

Norfork Bridge
Posted March 3, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 3:45 pm on 2 March 2007. There is a gravel road that runs under both bridges past the trout docks that is good for photos. On the east abuttment there is a rock promontory to get good long view photos of the bridge. This bridge looks more modern than its age suggests and is in excellent condition from my observation.

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