Rating:
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Ballard Creek Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in March 2007

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BH Photo #129108

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Ballard Creek on N4740 Rd. in Watts
Location
Adair County, Oklahoma
Status
One end has come lose from the foundation and twisted down stream.
History
Built 1929
Design
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 100.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.10634, -94.56483   (decimal degrees)
36°06'23" N, 94°33'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/359149/3996876 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Watts
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
150
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 023290000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28665 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.3 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Wes Kinsler
  • May 5, 2009: Updated by James Dickey SR
  • December 3, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • November 11, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge creek crossing updated.

Sources 

  • Rick Mattioni
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • James Dickey SR - Proudnamvet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Wes Kinsler

Comments 

Ballard Creek Bridge
Posted June 7, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

What was the point of the piers if it did not bring the load rating up any? That was really a fine old bridge too.

Ballard Creek Bridge
Posted May 6, 2009, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

As I said to my bridge buddy Gene, this bridge did not collapse, it was sabotaged. Destroyed by whatever entity that put the ignorant "piers" under it. Bridges strength and load bearing capacity is with the load downward, if they were supposed to be logjam dams the trusses would be sideways. When they "strengthened" this bridge they doomed it. A beaver has better sense. Too bad!