1 vote

UP - Arkadelphia Bridge



Photo from dave [at] rightanglepro [dot] com

BH Photo #100196

Street View 


Two-span through truss railroad bridge over Ouachita River on the Union Pacific Railroad at Arkadelphia
Clark County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Built 1930
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
One 5-panel Pratt through truss (slightly taller than other span)
One 6-panel Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.11971, -93.04476   (decimal degrees)
34°07'11" N, 93°02'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/495872/3775429 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 10252 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2015: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • July 14, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date & builder
  • July 14, 2012: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • April 2, 2011: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • October 2, 2010: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 14, 2008: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • July 13, 2005: Posted photos from Wayne Kizziar



UP - Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted October 14, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think you're spot-on Geoff

If you look at Wayne's #4 pic it's darn near the same image.

Arkadelphia Railroad Bridge
Posted January 15, 2013, by Tim Reilly (silverhawkti [at] gmail [dot] com)

The railroads typically did this when they expected that they might double track the line. They would then need to have the wider piers to support the wider spans. By putting in the wider piers when the bridge was built it saved on the expense of doing it later.

Arkadelphia Railroad Bridge
Posted July 30, 2009, by Brad Smith (bwana39 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Anyone know why the concrete supports are so much wider than the bridge itself?