National Bridge Inventory: Arkansas



  • Of the 12,892 bridges in the state, 588, or 4.6 percent, are classified as structurally deficient. This means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition.
  • This is down from 607 bridges classified as structurally deficient in 2014.
  • 23 of the structurally deficient bridges are on the Interstate Highway System.
  • 1,515 bridges are posted for load, which may restrict the size and weight of vehicles crossing the structure.
  • The state has identified needed repairs on 2,638 bridges at an estimated cost of $1.3 billion.
  • This compares to 2,832 bridges that needed work in 2014.

County Year Built Daily Crossings Type of Bridge Location
Pulaski 1977 129,884 Urban Interstate I 630 EB Log 5.48 over Miss Ave, Rushing Creek
Pulaski 1958 118,000 Urban Interstate I 30-Sec 23 over SH1 SH10 RR Ark Riv
Pulaski 1961 118,000 Urban Interstate I-30 Log 141.70 over Union Pacific RR
Pulaski 1960 106,231 Urban Interstate I 30-WB Log 138.29 over Frontage Rd & U.P.R.R.
Saline 1958 96,882 Rural Interstate I-30 WB Log 113.95 over Saline River Relief
Saline 1958 96,882 Rural Interstate I -30-Sec 22 WB over US 67-9 Log 7.61
Pulaski 1960 89,000 Urban Interstate I 30-EB Log 138.28 over Frontage Rd & U.P.R.R.
Saline 1958 65,000 Rural Interstate I-30 EB Log 113.96 over Saline River Relief
Saline 1958 65,000 Rural Interstate I-30 EB Log 114.38 over Saline River
Crawford 1968 64,018 Urban Interstate Interstate 540 SB over Flat Rock Creek-Crawford
Pulaski 1977 58,387 Urban Interstate I 440 WB Log 3.92 over Lindsey Road
Sebastian 1969 57,312 Urban Interstate I-540, WB Lns over Ft Smith Railroad Seb Co
Sebastian 1969 57,312 Urban Interstate I 540-Sec 1, SB Ln over SH 255 Sebastian Co.
Crawford 1965 55,289 Urban Interstate I-40, WB Lns over Flat Rock Creek-Crawford
Pulaski 1958 52,092 Urban freeway/expressway US 67 NB Log 10.89 over SH 161
Pulaski 1977 52,000 Urban Interstate I-630 WB Log 5.48 over Miss Ave, Rushing Creek
Pulaski 1977 50,000 Urban Interstate I-440 EB Log 3.80 over Lindsey Road
Pulaski 1958 49,000 Urban freeway/expressway US 67 SB Log 10.89 over SH 161
Hot Spring 1963 48,690 Urban Interstate I-30 WB Log 97.06 over Ouachita Rvr& Riverview
Pulaski 1961 35,356 Urban other principal arterial SH 10-Sec 8, WB Ln over Gill St/RR/Rose Bayou
Prairie 1968 30,000 Rural Interstate I 40 District 6 over White River-Prairie Co.
Crawford 1965 28,000 Rural Interstate I-40 EB-Crawford over Little Frog Bayou
Benton 1960 26,000 Urban other principal arterial S.H.59 Benton 2 Co over U.S. 412-Sec 1
Craighead 1970 24,000 Urban Interstate I-555-03NB-Lm 2.26 over Union Pacific R/R
Pulaski 1980 22,000 Urban freeway/expressway SH 440 E-S Ramp over I-40 Log 158.77
Type of Bridge Number of Bridges Area of All Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on All Bridges Number of Structurally Deficient Bridges Area of Structurally Deficient Bridges
(sq. meters)
Daily Crossings on Structurally Deficient Bridges
Rural Interstate 550 684,832 16,107,477 9 37,652 432,233
Rural arterial 1,087 1,104,327 7,629,208 16 11,837 80,880
Rural minor arterial 1,237 722,710 3,985,693 56 52,093 141,644
Rural major collector 3,931 1,329,900 4,318,430 194 67,464 225,717
Rural minor collector 1,104 249,668 297,887 69 8,968 11,627
Rural local road 3,059 523,288 487,528 190 28,575 26,767
Urban Interstate 392 994,185 19,776,069 14 57,773 1,028,123
Urban freeway/expressway 122 252,378 3,063,064 6 4,649 156,642
Urban other principal arterial 360 410,608 5,564,694 10 21,117 175,062
Urban minor arterial 418 254,320 2,860,606 12 18,646 52,825
Urban collector 166 64,688 430,839 3 2,022 2,938
Urban local road 466 117,685 648,322 9 3,015 6,656
Total 12,892 6,708,589 65,169,817 588 313,811 2,341,114
Type of Work Number of Bridges Cost to Repair
(in millions)
Daily Crossings Area of Bridges
(sq. meters)
Bridge replacement 1,726 $1,073 6,790,154 711,627
Widening & rehabilitation 51 $12 326,704 33,698
Rehabilitation 827 $227 5,086,704 437,467
Deck rehabilitation/replacement 17 $6 178,739 12,154
Other structural work 17 $0 6,502 5,434
Total 2,638 $1,318 12,388,803 1,200,381

About the data:

Data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory (NBI), released March 15, 2019. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work or updated inspections.

Effective January 1, 2018, FHWA changed the definition of structurally deficient as part of the final rule on highway and bridge performance measures, published May 20, 2017 pursuant to the 2012 federal aid highway bill Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Two measures that were previously used to classify bridges as structurally deficient are no longer used. This includes bridges where the overall structural evaluation was rated in poor or worse condition, or where the adequacy of waterway openings was insufficient.

The new definition limits the classification to bridges where one of the key structural elements—the deck, superstructure, substructure or culverts, are rated in poor or worse condition. During inspection, the conditions of a variety of bridge elements are rated on a scale of 0 (failed condition) to 9 (excellent condition). A rating of 4 is considered “poor” condition.

Cost estimates have been derived by ARTBA, based on 2017 average bridge replacement costs for structures on and off the National Highway System, published by FHWA. Bridge rehabilitation costs are estimated to be 68 percent of replacement costs. A bridge is considered to need repair if the structure has identified repairs as part of the NBI, a cost estimate is supplied by the bridge owner or the bridge is classified as structurally deficient.

Bridges are classified by FHWA into types based on the functional classification of the roadway on the bridge. Interstates comprise routes officially designated by the Secretary of Transportation. Other principal arterials serve major centers of urban areas or provide mobility through rural areas. Freeways and expressways have directional lanes generally separated by a physical barrier, and access/egress points generally limited to on- and off-ramps. Minor arterials serve smaller areas and are used for trips of moderate length. Collectors funnel traffic from local roads to the arterial network; major collectors have higher speed limits and traffic volumes and are longer in length and spaced at greater intervals, while minor collectors are shorter and provide service to smaller communities. Local roads do not carry through traffic and are intended for short distance travel.

41
from 40 in 2017

in the nation in % of structurally deficient bridges

1. Rhode Island 23.1%
40. Washington 4.6%
41. Arkansas 4.6%
42. Tennessee 4.3%

26
from 26 in 2017

in the nation in # of structurally deficient bridges

1. Iowa 4,675
25. Virginia 646
26. Arkansas 588
27. New Jersey 544
Full State Ranking

  • Source: Bridge data is from the 2018 National Bridge Inventory ASCII files, released by the Federal Highway Administration on March 14, 2019. Note that specific conditions on bridges may have changed as a result of recent work. ARTBA is a non-partisan federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.
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