4 votes

Big Lee Creek Bridge


Big Lee Creek Bridge

Photo taken by Gene McCluney in December 2006


BH Photo #128924

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Big Lee Creek on OK 101 in Short
Sequoyah County, Oklahoma
Bypassed by a new bridge in 2011 and abandoned.
Built 1946; Bypassed & Abandoned 2011
- Oklahoma Paving Co. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Riveted K-Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 210.0 ft.
Total length: 213.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.56608, -94.53159   (decimal degrees)
35°33'58" N, 94°31'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/367421/3938905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
Inventory numbers
OKNBI 105580000000000 (Oklahoma bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 29724 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2009)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.6 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 9, 2012: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • July 9, 2012: New photos from John Cross
  • July 9, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status as bridge is not yet lost.
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by David Backlin: Bridge has been replaced
  • July 8, 2010: New photos from James Dickey SR
  • November 24, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Builder's name added.
  • December 2, 2008: New photos from Gene McCluney


  • Gene McCluney - gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com
  • Rick Mattioni
  • James Dickey SR - Proudnamvet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted June 25, 2020, by Chaz Russell (ChazandRaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you whoever's decision it was to leave the bridge it is a historic landmark in mine and everyone else's eyes in and around the nicut community. Just wish someone could've saved the Wilson

Rock bridge....

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted February 26, 2014, by bendboy


Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted December 3, 2012, by Anonymous

I like when bridges are painted. They stand out in their surroundings nicely.

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted September 21, 2012, by nicut connection (bagervance [at] yahoo [dot] com)

i lived here all my 35 years an its been a great place to swing from,jump from an the biggest catfish come from under the 20 foot hole under the bridge...if it was a safety move good deal if it wasnt ,atleast leave our land marks alone up here in gods country....god bless the world....for the end will be here soon...

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by John Cross (jcross [at] cross-photography [dot] com)

Glad they left it intact with the deck. It looks like an entirely different area than a few years back. They saved 10s if not hundreds of thousands and preserved history in place. Good Job!

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Gene McCluney (gmacfilm [at] live [dot] com)

Old bridge is still there. Road removed, bridge blocked.

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2012, by Matt Lohry

I wouldn't lose heart or hope just yet--new Google Earth imagery dated 3/24/2012 shows the new bridge completed, with the old still completely intact (including the deck) about 60 feet to the north of the new bridge.

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2012, by John Cross (jcross [at] cross-photography [dot] com)

My Delorme Mapping shows it as Lee Creek.

I have not been up there since the replacement. I expect they removed the old completely. Maybe I sadly will go up and shoot a few photos and add an update.

Big Lee Creek Bridge
Posted April 6, 2010, by Harriett (ahwi24 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually, it has historically been LEE'S CREEK in Oklahoma and Lee Creek only in Arkansas.