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Stephens Bridge



Photo taken July 2003 and provided by the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department

BH Photo #100749


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Pony truss bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on AR 57 in Stephens
Stephens, Ouachita County, Arkansas
Closed to all traffic
Built 1928; rehabilitated 1990; Bypassed by new bridge and closed 2000
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Polygonal Warren pony truss
Length of largest span: 96.1 ft.
Total length: 98.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 2005
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.41102, -93.06938   (decimal degrees)
33°24'40" N, 93°04'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/493548/3696855 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
AHTD M1038 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 05001078 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10476 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 5, 2015: Updated by David Backlin: Added category "Wooden deck"
  • March 5, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 19, 2005: Now on the National Register



Stephens Bridge
Posted May 27, 2014, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)
Stephens Bridge
Posted June 10, 2009, by Wanda McFarland (wanmac1 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Seeing this brings back old memories. I lived in Stephens from 1945 to 1951. Have walked across that bridge many times and am glad to see it is a historic bridge. I thought it had probably been demolished.

Brings back lots of memories.

Stephens Bridge
Posted May 6, 2007, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Updated photos taken today 5-6-07. Bridge is in good shape and has a wooden deck that appears to be rail road cross-ties placed end to end. You can see from one of the photos where a builders plate used to be at one time.

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