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Cotter Bridge

Cotter Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 13, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-62B Over White River and Railroad (Missouri and North Arkansas)
Location
Cotter: Baxter County, Arkansas and Marion County, Arkansas: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Marsh (Standard) Rainbow Through Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Bateman Contracting Company of Nashville, Tennessee and Engineer/Design: Marsh Engineering Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2004
Main Span Length
216 Feet (65.84 Meters)
Structure Length
1805 Feet (550.16 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
6 Main Span(s) and 12 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
702

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While the nearby state of Kansas may have the greatest quantity of surviving Marsh type rainbow arch bridges in the country, it is this single surviving example in Arkansas that is ironically also the greatest Marsh arch bridge. This bridge's impressive height over the waterway, enormous arch spans over the river (complimented by a single small arch span over railroad tracks), and the overall multi-span layout of this bridge that all combine to form what is the most impressive and historically significant Marsh rainbow arch bridge in the entire country. In a very real sense this bridge also represents the ultimate aesthetic potential of concrete in bridge construction. From every angle that this bridge is viewed it projects a profound beauty that is unmatched in more simple concrete bridge forms.

Beautifully preserved, this bridge remains in good condition today. Repairs and replacements made, such as railing and lighting, are respective of the original bridge design.

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