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Lake Overholser Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Jeff McNeiland

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BH Photo #132064

Map 

Description 

This bridge is once again open for traffic. According to The Oklahoman newspaper, the cost by the city to repair the bridge was $4 million. Funds came from a voter-passed bond issue. The bridge had been closed to traffic since 2008.

The bridge was built in 1924 before Route 66 and was mentioned in John Steinbeck’s novel, “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over N. Canadian River on N. Overholser Dr. (Old US 66) in Oklahoma City
Location
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1924. closed in 2008; repaired/reopened in 2011
Builder
- General Construction Co. of Federal Way, Washington
Design
Two-lane highway bridge with four Parker through truss spans with one camelback Warren pony truss at each end.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 144.0 ft.
Total length: 748.1 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 2, 2004
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.51462, -97.66419   (decimal degrees)
35°30'53" N, 97°39'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/621130/3930935 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bethany
Elevation
1250 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
2,000
Inventory numbers
NRHP 04000133 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
OKNBI 014160000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29473 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
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: 18.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2019: New photos from Joe Sonderman
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • March 2, 2010: Updated by J Lance: Added coordinates
  • March 2, 2010: New photos from J.P.
  • November 10, 2009: Updated by David Backlin: Open to pedestrians
  • August 1, 2009: New photos from James McCray
  • October 28, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: National Register and builder information added.
  • October 14, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge location updated.

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Comments 

Lake Overholser Bridge
Posted October 7, 2012, by Marty Tillman (tillm92 [at] att [dot] net)

Great job. I am quite sure this is the bridge my mother traveled on as child in a covered wagon. Love the photos. Thanks

Lake Overholser Bridge
Posted March 23, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge was officially reopened October 11 2011.

http://route66news.com/2011/11/28/lake-overholser-bridge-2/

Lake Overholser Bridge
Posted May 22, 2011, by Bill (flight_levels [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge is currently being rebuilt. Estimated rebuild cost said to be approximately $5,000,000. After completion, it is supposed to withstand original loadbearing capacity for cars and small trucks; be open to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

Lake Overholser Bridge
Posted August 18, 2009, by Clay (yalc [at] yalc [dot] com)

I believe last time I drove past the bridge this summer, it had been closed to vehicular traffic. There was talk last year of the city (Bethany?) repainting it as a Rt 66 attraction/preservation.

North Canadian River Bridge
Posted August 13, 2008, by Karl Zimmerman (karl [dot] zimmerman [at] valpo [dot] edu)

This bridge is no longer on NW 39th Expressway--it has been bypassed. However, it is readily visible next the to road.

This bridge is/was on Historic US 66.