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Stillwater Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Gene McCluney in March 2009


BH Photo #136450

Brief History 

Written by Gary Hines

While not very unique being a steel beam span, this bridge does have some interesting features. The East abutment is a mixture of laid-up native sandstone & concrete. Deeper investigations reveal that most likely there was a narrow (~14') truss here that failed in the past. The main clue is old anchor bolts which are present at the corners & they are bent & twisted. Since a lot of Counties didn't have a lot of $$ it appears the bridge was widened & somewhat straightend when the concrete was added. This bridge has suffered from extensive scour on & off for > 10 years - finally the County fixed the NW bank but there is still undermining at the West abutment.



Steel stringer bridge over Stillwater Creek on E0600
Payne County, Oklahoma
Open to traffic
Built 1950
Steel stringers
abutment combination of native stone & concrete.
Length of largest span: 26.9 ft.
Total length: 58.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.14481, -97.31914   (decimal degrees)
36°08'41" N, 97°19'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/651220/4001318 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Orlando East
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 122050000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42197 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 35 (out of 100)
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Beam (17,108)
Built 1950 (609)
Built during 1950s (4,049)
Oklahoma (2,035)
Open (41,203)
Owned by county (21,715)
Payne County, Oklahoma (53)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,354)
Steel stringer (6,807)
Structurally deficient (12,761)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,720)

Update Log 

  • December 18, 2009: Essay added by Gary Hines
  • April 3, 2009: Added by Gene McCluney


  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Gary Hines - ghines [at] odot [dot] org