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US77 South Canadian River Bridge


Nance Bridge

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Lost deck truss bridge over South Canadian River on US 77 in Purcell
Purcell, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, and McClain County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Scheduled for Replacement 2018
Built 1938, Closed Jan 2014 for emergency repairs, Reopened June 2014, replaced 2019
- Guy H. James Construction Co. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Contractor)
- Nelson Turner (Designer)
Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 3,642.2 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 32.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 2, 2003
Also called
James C. Nance Memorial Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.01500, -97.35000   (decimal degrees)
35°00'54" N, 97°20'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/650544/3875950 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 03000882 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
OKNBI 065930000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 28806 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 12, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 31, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builders from forum comment
  • January 31, 2014: Updated by Zach Elliott: As of 1/31/14, this bridge is closed indefinitely.
  • April 5, 2011: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • October 27, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: National Register information updated.



US77 South Canadian River Bridge
Posted October 3, 2014, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Bridge reopened June 2014 with 36 ton weight limit

South Canadian River US 77 Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Zach Elliott (metallicarox2009 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been closed indefinitely due to structural concerns. http://kfor.com/2014/01/21/popular-bridge-deemed-structurall...

South Canadian River US 77 Bridge
Posted September 21, 2007, by J. D. Turner (jdturner4 [at] cox [dot] net)

The resident engineer was Nelson Turner, and the contractor was Guy James Construction Co. It took about 9 months to construct, and was reportedly the longest bridge in Oklahoma at the time it was built.