Note after-market steel girders. Ouachita River flowing BIG!
Photo taken by Fredrick Garcia in March 2008
BH Photo #112750
Is this the former location of Green's Ferry and the Green's Ferry Bridge? I found an online book, "Industrial Development and Engineering" that advertised that bids were being taken for the construction of bridges at Grigsby Ford and Green's Ferry. I've seen a photo in several publications of a bridge that is mistakenly identified as the Rockport Bridge. In one publication the photo is identified as the Green's Ferry Bridge. In the photo a barge can be seen at the far end of the bridge.
The original plans for this bridge show that it replaced a three span truss:
Also, there was an alternate design that would have used a truss:
Although the girders on the edges are ugly, I suspect they saved the bridge. If the truss design had been used, it probably would have been replaced in the 50's when the highway was widened.
Well done Fred ! I cannot tell you how many hundreds of times I have crossed this bridge and thought it was just a boring stringer. Driving down to the boat ramp to check never crossed my mind. You would never know from the deck it was an open spandrel arch. Think maybe the ugly deck cladding was added during the 1957 rehab ? I will have to stop and see it in person next time I am up that way. Again well done !
Visited this bridge by chance on 5Mar'08. There is an AG&F river access boat ramp. The open spandrel 3-arch concrete bridge has a lengthy north approach and the bridge structure is not visible from the road surface. It appears that substantial steel girders have been cheeked to the outer edges (not original), but not done recently. River was flowing strong. Community of Midway begins on the south bank.
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