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Ozark Bridge



Photo taken by David Backlin

BH Photo #100404


Street View 


Steel through arch bridge over the Arkansas River & Missouri Pacific Railroad on AR 23 at Ozark
Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1929 as a six-span concrete arch bridge; bridge rehabilitated and main span replaced in 1970
- M.E. Gillioz of Monett, Missouri
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 473.0 ft.
Total length: 1,536.6 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.8 ft.
Also called
Ozark Toll Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.48311, -93.83282   (decimal degrees)
35°28'59" N, 93°49'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/424452/3926938 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
AHTD A1210 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10333 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 23, 2019: New photos from John Cross
  • June 8, 2017: New photo from Charles Bowden
  • May 5, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added builder
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • December 7, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • April 17, 2006: Posted additional photos from David Backlin


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • AHTD
  • Fred Garcia
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Charles Bowden - charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com


Ozark Bridge
Posted June 8, 2017, by Charles Bowden (charliesmail101 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Posted a photo i happened upon that shows a small bit of the rehabilitation construction on this bridge in '68-'70.

Ozark Bridge
Posted January 9, 2010, by D. W. Adams (weetbixmarmite [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Based on the photographs and the comment left by Charles Bowden, the new arch may have been built while the original spans were left intact and open. The cross-section of the new arch appears to be completely outside that of the originals. It would make sense since it was, at the time, the only link across the river for such a long distance in either direction, to keep the bridge open as much as possible, building the temporary span over the new arch, dismantling the original spans under the arch, building the new deck, and opening the new deck while dismantling the temporary deck. Sounds like one heck of an undertaking, but as necessary as it seems to have been, certainly well worth it.

Does anyone else have photos or stories or theories that could support this idea?

Ozark Bridge
Posted February 26, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge at 1:00 p.m. on 25 Feb 2007. The main steel arch span can best be photographed from the lawn behind the hospital on the north bank. Another good photo spot is a Mexican Restaurant on the south downstream bank. The RR tracks below the bridge were lined with rail/track maintenance vehicles/equipment (about 1/2 mile string of them) that really stood out on that bank. This bridge is difficult to photograph due to it's incredible length. To get a profile view, I had to walk a 1/2 mile down the tracks; but essentially one's too far away to get a decent image. Structurally, the steel span seems fairly unique in construction. It was nicely fitted to the existing concrete arches.

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

Ozark Bridge
Posted June 15, 2006, by charles bowden (mtmn96 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

i recall as child crossing this bridge in 69 - 70 as it was being rehabilitated. you actually had to go UP & OVER the arch via a wooden deck that was built on it. it seemed so high and i remember no side railing, very frightening to me. we crossed it then going to and from Clarksville for my oldest sister who was in College of the Ozarks at the time and the Morrison Bluff bridge between Clarksville and Scranton did not yet exist.