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Washita River Bridge




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BH Photo #339129

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Through truss bridge over Washita River on N2828 (old US 81) in Chickasha
Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma
Built 1931
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 122.1 ft.
Total length: 423.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Old US 81 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.08508, -97.95704   (decimal degrees)
35°05'06" N, 97°57'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/595075/3882975 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 034480000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29012 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2010)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.9 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 10, 2020: New Street View added by Roger Deschner
  • June 20, 2018: New photo from David Backlin
  • October 8, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 9, 2011: Updated by Clark Vance: Added link to photo


  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com


Washita River Bridge
Posted June 10, 2020, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was one of those "locals" described by Mike Olszewski. I was in the first grade in Chickasha at the time. The flood was in 1959 or 1960, and I remember it clearly, because we couldn't get to El Reno on US-81, and had to turn around. A week later, temporary repairs had been made, and we went to El Reno again. State troupers were allowing only one direction to cross it at a time. What stuck out in my 8yo brain was the temporary wooden deck, the first I'd ever seen on a highway. The temporary deck was made of ordinary 2x6 lumber, stacked on end. Highway Department engineers and carpenters were standing by.

My family moved away from Chickasha soon after, so I know nothing of its replacement, which is now a plain beam bridge. This flood (and others) could have been the inspiration for replacing it. It has been noted that the river tended to move, and to flood, at the location of this bridge.

Washita River Bridge
Posted May 23, 2013, by Mike Olszewski (molszewski99 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Shot these photos on May 8, 2013. River has obviously moved while the bridge was there, as 1/3 of the bridge is now over dry land and looks completely out of place. Locals told me the bridge was closed after a flood many years ago when the new Hwy 81 bridge was built. Much erosion along the banks.