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US 271 Poteau River Bridge


Photo taken by David Backlin


BH Photo #109790

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Poteau River on US 271 in Pocola
Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Replaced with new bridge
Built 1946, Replaced by a new bridge in 2010
- R.R. Tway, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
From west to east:
Four riveted, 5-panel Parker pony trusses
Riveted, 10-panel K-Parker through truss
One riveted, 5-panel Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 1,086.0 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.27442, -94.49919   (decimal degrees)
35°16'28" N, 94°29'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/363259/3903651 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Fort Smith
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 105720000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29225 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2011: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge no longger exists
  • February 18, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Bridge is still standing.
  • May 31, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge has been replaced
  • November 20, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Builder's name added.
  • December 2, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney
  • October 3, 2008: Updated by David Backlin
  • October 2, 2008: New photos from David Backlin


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Rick Mattioni
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Poteau River Bridge
Posted February 21, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Nice photo, but that's the Old OK 112 bridge over the Poteau River. http://bridgehunter.com/ok/le-flore/bh37490/

I live about 4 miles from the US 271 bridge and I can assure you it is no longer there.

Poteau River Bridge
Posted February 17, 2011, by Kale Kemp (kalekemp [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge is still there. Here is a photo i took a few moths ago.

Poteau River Bridge- Replace
Posted July 30, 2010, by John Cross (jcross [at] fortsmithhome [dot] com)

All that is left are memories, photographs and UCEBs.

Poteau River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2008, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Latest word from ODOT is this bridge will become the NB lanes of US 271 when construction of an adjoining bridge has been completed. Eventually, the bridge will be replaced, but there is no timetable as of yet.