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Blackburn Bridge


Arkansas River Bridge at Blackburn

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in November 2008


BH Photo #128781


Blackburn Bridge

6 span Parker through truss bridge built in 1928 over the Arkansas River in Blackburn, Oklahoma, This is an incredibly impressive bridge.

Video posted by J Lance

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Lost six span Parker through truss bridge over Arkansas River on 5740C in Blackburn
Osage County, Oklahoma, and Pawnee County, Oklahoma
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1928
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 160.1 ft.
Total length: 1,136.2 ft.
Deck width: 18.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.37570, -96.59395   (decimal degrees)
36°22'33" N, 96°35'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/715837/4028309 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bug Creek
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 021660000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29506 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • October 21, 2014: Updated by J Lance: Bridge has been replaced
  • April 5, 2010: Updated by J Lance: Added a few details
  • February 24, 2010: New video from J Lance
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by J Lance: Changed name of bridge
  • February 23, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Corrected GPS
  • December 1, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney



Blackburn Bridge
Posted June 21, 2014, by Jeremy Porter (jkporter74023 [at] att [dot] net)

Sad day, this bridge is now gone. Went to shoot it with a friend...only to find it was being taken down while we were there.

Blackburn Bridge
Posted November 25, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I hate to think what they spent on that new slab to carry a meager 160 cars a day... I'm sure the truss bridge could have been rehabbed for a lot less.

Blackburn Bridge
Posted November 25, 2012, by Wes Kinsler (webmaster [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

The future status of this bridge is unclear. It has been on ODOT's adopt-a-bridge bridge re-use page for the last year.

Blackburn Bridge
Posted November 19, 2012, by David Fisk (texasbluesman [at] hotmail [dot] com)

this bridge my be gone soon..the new road and bridge is nearly finished and I hear this one will be torn down?.anyone know any more about this?

Blackburn Bridge
Posted February 23, 2010, by J Lance (bugo [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was there once another truss span on the south end of the bridge? The single plain approach span looks like it might be newer than the rest of the bridge.

Arkansas River Bridge
Posted January 8, 2009, by David A. Shaw (scpry [at] gwi [dot] net)

Just to let you know, I enjoy the black and white images of the Oklahoma bridges. I think B & W images have more of a personality to them, and you can fool around with the contrasts at will. Keep the B & W images coming!