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Idabel Bridge



Photo taken 2004 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #108486


Through truss bridge over Little River on D4615 just north of Idabel in Idabel
McCurtain County, Oklahoma
Open to traffic
Built 1923
From north to south:
Two riveted 6-panel Warren pony trusses with verticals
One pin-connected, 10-panel Parker through truss
One riveted, 5-panel Parker pony truss
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 398.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.93602, -94.82861   (decimal degrees)
33°56'10" N, 94°49'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/330994/3756568 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 013530000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29362 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.4 (out of 100)
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10-panel truss (291)
5-panel truss (626)
6-panel truss (889)
Built 1923 (646)
Built during 1920s (10,350)
Doomed (1,080)
McCurtain County, Oklahoma (15)
Oklahoma (2,037)
Old US 70 (6)
Open (41,256)
Owned by county (21,821)
Parker through truss (1,434)
Parker truss (1,830)
Pin-connected (5,219)
Riveted (2,717)
Span length 175-250 feet (2,114)
Through truss (18,234)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,643)
Truss (37,274)

Update Log 

  • July 15, 2022: New photos from Jay Bissell
  • January 22, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "6-panel truss", "5-panel truss"
  • January 22, 2022: Updated by Brad Smith: Added category "Doomed" chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?pdfurl=http
  • December 3, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • April 12, 2008: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • October 16, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Kizziar



Idabel Bridge
Posted July 15, 2022, by Jay Bissell

The new bridge is currently under construction.

Idabel Bridge
Posted August 10, 2021, by RG Hamill (7bridgesroad013 [at] gmail [dot] com)

ODOT is replacing this bridge, work has already started.

Idabel Bridge
Posted October 20, 2016, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/state-maps... is a 1933 map. It shows US 70 running due north from downtown Idabel. It ran west of Lukfata Creek.

Modern US 70/259 runs significantly east of Lutfata Creek.

By 1944, the old route had dropped from the state maps and the current route was the only one.


Idabel Bridge
Posted April 27, 2014, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have a general question about the 1923 Idabel Bridge over Little River and the 1938 Little River Bridge on US 70.

I have been unable to locate any detailed highway maps between 1923 and 1938.

Was the Idabel Bridge the primary or only road between Idabel and Broken Bow before 1938?

Are there any accounts or records of a ferry operation at either site before the bridges were constructed?