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Slover Bridge


Photo taken by Gene McCluney in December 2008


BH Photo #129389



Through truss bridge over North Canadian River on Clearpond Road in Shawnee.
Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma
Closed to traffic after failing an inspection in May 2009
Built ca. 1935 and later relocated here
Main span: Camelback Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 225.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.32171, -96.95386   (decimal degrees)
35°19'18" N, 96°57'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/685993/3910640 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 045890000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29666 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 26, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • May 20, 2012: New photos from Zach Elliott
  • January 19, 2011: Updated by James Baughn: Updated name, location and status
  • December 5, 2008: New photo from Gene McCluney
  • December 5, 2008: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Road information updated.



Slover Bridge
Posted December 3, 2013, by Jeffery (bowmitch [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That bridge is a special place. I swam and fished their my whole life. I still fish and swim their. Its a little longer walk. Ill never stop going. Just a shame you cant drive across it. (In your car) Lol

North Canadian River Bridge On Clear Pond Rd
Posted September 20, 2010, by James Duncan (dataduncan [at] gmail [dot] com)

My grandfather, Earl Shelton, remembers when this bridge was installed (not exact year). He has told me that the bridge was purchased used from another county and installed to replace the wooden bridge that had washed out just down stream.

"Slover Street Bridge" (Clearpond Rd) North Canadian River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2009, by Clay (yalc [at] yalc [dot] com)

The bridge is closed, with concrete barricades at each end and permanent-looking "Bridge Out" signs and barricades farther uproad from the bridge (on the Shawnee side).

I don't know when Google Street View crossed it, but it is open in Street View.

The Shawnee City Engineer announced Friday May 29 that the bridge would be closed indefinitely. http://www.news-star.com/homepage/x702317956/Update-Slover-S...

Update July 22nd:

City engineer John Krywicki has provided an update on the Slover Bridge at the west edge of Shawnee. The bridge remains closed indefinitely. The bridge was closed in late May.

He advised, “We did get back a report from Burgess and Niple Engineering whom the Oklahoma Department of Transportation had hired to conduct ‘fracture critical’ inspections on the old steel truss bridges.” It was that firm that recommended closing until repairs could be made,” Krywicki said a couple of months ago.

“We have given that report to Guy Engineering Inc. to review and submit a proposal back to us on preparing a cost estimate to repair in order to get the bridge opened. Depending on their construction cost estimate, we then would review the situation to make a determination if it would be cost beneficial to proceed with repairing the bridge. I met with Guy Engineering last Wednesday (July 15) and we should be getting their proposal by the end of the week, then, I would expect their report back to us within three to four weeks following,” he said.