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Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 7, 2016

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-64 (Old Alignment) Over Arkansas River
Location
Bixby: Tulsa County, Oklahoma: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: Guy H. James of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Engineer/Design: Oklahoma Highway Commission

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1988
Main Span Length
100 Feet (30.48 Meters)
Structure Length
1900 Feet (579.12 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
19 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Oklahoma is known for having some of the longest simple-span pony truss bridges in the country, and this is one of them. It has been bypassed and preserved for pedestrian use. It consists of 19 state-standard pony truss spans.

A historical photo of the previous bridge at this location is shown below. This bridge was built ca. 1911 approximately a half mile east of this bridge, two of its spans collapsed in 1938, triggering construction of this bridge. According to the Oklahoma Bridges website, the pony truss bridge seen today was a companion to a separate bridge a short distance to the north. This additional bridge had eight spans of the same pony truss design. They were demolished when the 19 span bridge was bypassed.

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