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Wildcat Road Bridge


Southwest View

Wooden decking and running boards. Note hole in decking.

Photo taken by Fredrick Garcia in March 2009


BH Photo #174067



Wooden bridge over Bull Bayou Creek on Wildcat Road (CR 51)
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas
Old bridge demolished replaced by new bridge 2010
Future prospects
As of 24 Aug '10 all wooden components removed. Existing piers/abutments to be reused saddled with I-beams. Work is ongoing. Temporary bypass built downstream. 16Feb'11 update:Replacement bridge completed and open to traffic. Temporary bypass removed.
Built ca. 1940
Timber stringer. Will be replaced with steel stringers.
Length of largest span: 16.4 ft.
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.55417, -93.08806   (decimal degrees)
34°33'15" N, 93°05'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/491921/3823607 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hot Springs North
Average daily traffic (as of 1984)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 13145 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 37569 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2009)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 16, 2011: Updated by Fredrick Garcia: Replacement bridge open - new photos posted in comments
  • August 25, 2010: Updated by Fredrick Garcia: Add photos & new construction info
  • October 12, 2008: Added by James Baughn


  • Fred Garcia


Wildcat Road Bridge
Posted February 16, 2011, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited Wild Cat Rd. replacement bridge today at 5 pm. All work has been completed and open to traffic, temporary bypass removed, guardrails installed, surrounding soils reseeded. Attached are four images of current bridge which has a concrete deck. No weight limits posted.

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

Wildcat Road Bridge
Posted August 25, 2010, by Fredrick Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on Wednesday 4 Mar '09. Bridge has wooden decking and running boards and appears to be in reasonably good condition. While I was taking pictures, a resident who has been living in the area for four years came by and said the bridge is on a list to be replaced. Entergy had done some major right of way clearing that gave good visibility for photos. Stream had good flow. Two of the three concrete piers are rock faced. There are two sleeper trestles between the abutment and pier on each side. The deck and running board timbers were tight with no clatter when driven over. Weight limits ranged from 4 - 7 tons.

Visited this bridge again on 24 Aug '10. Wooden bridge has been demolished (City may be doing work). Temporary 4-culvert dirt bypass is in place. All wooden components from old bridge have been ripped out. Existing piers and road alignment will be reused with I-beam stringers. Site is being actively worked with heavy equipment (excavator) in place. Attaching several photos of bridge site as I found it.

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