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Newport Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 13, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
AR-367 (Old US-67) Over White River and Railroad
Newport: Jackson County, Arkansas: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever 20 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: List and Weatherly Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri and Engineer/Design: Ira G. Hedrick of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
400 Feet (121.9 Meters)
Structure Length
2,831 Feet (862.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
3 Main Span(s) and 43 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is a rare surviving example of a cantilever through truss bridge in Arkansas. It is one of two similar bridges remaining on the White River, and yet both are to be demolished showing a complete disregard by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (ASHTD) to preserve this critical part of the state's transportation. Instead it will be destroyed forever. These White River Bridges are significant on a national scale as late examples of bridges designed by noted engineer Ira G. Hedrick. Hedrick was in the early 20th century briefly associated with famous engineer J.A.L. Waddell. This bridge shows work done by Hedrick on his own. Of particular interest is Hedrick's design for the suspended span. Large empty holes are visible on the suspended span end posts. These would have been used during erection of the bridge to move the suspended span into place. Also of interest are large expansion joints on the bottom chord at the end of the suspended span. This is an unusual design detail not found on similar bridges designed by other engineers.

This bridge's significance is further enhanced by the fact that it enjoys outstanding historic integrity with no major alterations. Unaltered cantilever truss bridges of this size are rare nationwide.



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