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Arkadelphia Bridge


Side view

Photo taken by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #100190

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Ouachita River at Arkadelphia carrying AR 7, AR 8, and AR 51
Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas
Closed and awaiting demolition. New bridge open to traffic.
Future prospects
Available for adaptive reuse or purchase
Originally built 1933 over Caddo River; relocated 1960 to replace the previous bridge
- Luten Bridge Co. of York, Pennsylvania & Knoxville, Tennessee
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Rivet-connected, 9-panel Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 202.0 ft.
Total length: 503.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 2006
Also called
Ouachita River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.12147, -93.04602   (decimal degrees)
34°07'17" N, 93°02'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/495756/3775625 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 1412 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 05001591 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 40.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2022: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Name
  • May 28, 2018: Updated by Wayne Kizziar: Bridge is closed but currently still standing. Ugly new bridge is complete and open to traffic.
  • December 5, 2016: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • September 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 18, 2016: Updated by Wayne Kizziar: Visited the bridge on 9-16-16. It has been fully repaired and both lanes of traffic reopened.
  • August 2, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 2, 2016: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge has reopened to One Lane of Traffic
  • July 2, 2016: Updated by Wayne Kizziar: Bridge damaged and closed indefinitely. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/jun/28/damage-arkansas-bridge-supports-forces-indefinite-/
  • December 30, 2015: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • December 19, 2015: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • March 26, 2015: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • December 30, 2014: Updated by David Backlin: Updated status to Doomed
  • February 3, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • July 14, 2012: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • December 6, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge is now doomed
  • April 8, 2011: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • December 23, 2010: New photo from Wayne Kizziar
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 14, 2008: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • September 26, 2005: Posted additional photo from Wayne Kizziar

Related Bridges 



Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted February 6, 2022, by drew mitchell (drew870mitchell [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove through this way a couple weeks ago after not having been in Arkadelphia since 2016, so the new bridge was a complete surprise to me. I hope the city can maintain the old one as a park or something. The new bridge is ugly as sin.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted February 19, 2021, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It doesn't have to be demolished or even moved. ARDOT just wants it to be someone else's problem. If a civic or local governmental agency wanted to use it for a tourist or park application, it MIGHT be acceptable.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted February 19, 2021, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

ARDOT has announced the bridge is available for reuse.


Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted May 11, 2020, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Drove across the new bridge yesterday. The old bridge is still in place (05/10/2020). It has barracades on both ends and is just sitting there.

The new bridge kills two birds with the one stone. It crosses the river AND it crosses the railroad. The railroad is elevated for quite a while on the southern (eastern) bank of the river. The road used to cross the river then turn to pass under a fairly low railroad underpass.

While the old truss bridge needed replaced, it is still sitting for generations to see. Wish I had gotten some pictures, but it was too dark to get good ones.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted August 2, 2016, by Mimi Kallin (Jekallin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is more of a wistful comment.....I went to Henderson State there in Arkadelphia from 1980 with a graduation in 1983. There was nothing sweeter than crossing that bridge and getting back to Arkadelphia after a weekend away and I know I speak for generations of Reddies who feel the same sentiment. So so glad we stopped and crossed this bridge 2 years ago. I know time marches on and it's super old and super narrow but it would be so nice if it could be preserved in place. Love bridgehunter and have learned so much!

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted July 2, 2016, by Wayne Kizziar (waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com)

Click the link to see the latest update on this bridge damage and closure.


Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted November 2, 2015, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The replacement bridge is well underway. I would guess this one will be lost in 2016 or 2017.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted February 3, 2013, by Rebecca (rcooper1 [at] lsu [dot] edu)

We were driving through Arkansas, and had to stop and take a picture of this. It kind of hit home because we are losing a K-truss bridge from where we are from - Alexandria, LA - the OK Allen bridge over the Red River.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 16, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I have not been involved with Arkansas so I don't know much about how things play out here. Because mitigation is being discussed, it sounds like Section 106 was triggered for this project. It is my observation that there is nothing wrong with this bridge. Look at the NBI ratings, the bridge is in great shape. If it was too narrow for this location, I would have expected to see a Section 106 alternative that built a new one-lane bridge and formed a one-way couplet. I would also expect to see an alternative that left the historic bridge standing for pedestrian use next to its replacement, which would likely be a zero cost alternative since the bridge is in such good condition and carrying traffic, no repair work would be needed to strengthen it for pedestrians.

I will see if I can get a Determination of Effect Report to review the project.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 16, 2011, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Thank you for replying Mr. Scoggins. That is sad news indeed and not what I was wanting to hear at all. Do you have any idea what the time-line for replacement is ? I realize you can't give an exact date for new construction start or demolition of the existing bridge but I was hoping for a ball park figure. I would like to know how much time I have to get back and take more photos. Also will the builders plaques be saved and where will they be displayed if so. The county museum in the old depot has one of the plates from the 1903 bridge. This would seem to be the logical final resting place to me. Thank you again for taking time to reply.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 15, 2011, by Robert Scoggin (robert [dot] scoggin [at] arkansashighways [dot] com)

We marketing the bridge to the County Judge, City of Arkadelphia, Corp of Engineers, State Parks and the County Historic Society, but unfortunetly noone wanted it. As mitigation for its demolition we will photograph it, write a detailed history, create a historic marker and then laser scan it so we can create a 3D model to put on our website.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 7, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Hopefully they push for reuse as I prsonally like the way this bridge looks.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 7, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

No timeline given. Looks like the plan is for a new bridge on a new alignment

More info here:


Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 6, 2011, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I was born in Arkadelphia , grew up fifteen miles away and love this bridge. This bridge and the 1899 Courthouse is Arkadelphia to me ! Reading that it is going to be replaced makes me sick to my stomach. Robert Scoggins if you are reading this please give us some more information. What is the time line and any chance of the bridge being preserved in place , relocated anything ?!

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 6, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well of course...because the sufficiency rations are SO low (kidding), and the bridge is in SUCH terrible shape (yeah right!). This makes ALL the sense in the world to me!

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted December 6, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

AHTD announced on 1 December 2011 that this bridge is scheduled to be replaced, but no timeline has been given.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted July 18, 2008, by Jim Baker (jimbaker [at] ccc-cable [dot] net)

Thanks for the info on my Flickr photo regarding the Arkadelphia Bridge... The dates and the relocation info were very interesting...

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted March 1, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 3:15 pm on 18 Nov. 2006. Good photos can be taken from the downriver city park on the west bank and from the west approach. I noticed that some of the overhead spreaders have some deformation as if struck by a high clearance vehicle. The railroad bridge is visible about 200 yards downstream.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted February 2, 2007, by Charles Deaton (cdeaton [at] alltelnet)

Too bad to not be able to reach the bridge when the river is over the road. My cousin could possibly still be living if her husband would have been able to cross it on the morning of January 15,2007. She died on the way of detour of a heart attack.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted October 13, 2006, by Donald L. Putman (dputman [at] netzero [dot] com)

The first time I crossed this bridge was in April, 1979. My church group here in El Dorado were on the way to Hot Springs to Magic Springs. Our Youth Director stopped in Arkadelphia to pick up a friend, who was a student at OBU. I have been fascinated by the bridge. I went to college at Henderson and I use to walk down to the bridge admiring it. I even walked acrossed it. It was pure bravery and bold. I hope that this bridge will continue to serve motorists for many years. I wish that I could have seen the old bridge before it. Anyway Arkadelphia is a clean cut town, with moral values.

Arkadelphia Bridge
Posted February 27, 2006, by Jake

This bridge is my homeboy