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Rock Creek Bridge

W. Ozark Trail (Old Route 66), Sapulpa, OK

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This 1921 bridge was originally part of the Ozark Trail. In 1926 it became part of Route 66. In 1952 a new alignment of Route 66 was built just south of the bridge. You can still drive the old alignment going west if you are driving a car or maybe a pickup or van, no RVs though because of weight and height limits. The bridge closed in 2013 but reopened to limited traffic in 2015.

x In this photo you can see how close the railroad bridge on the right is. The post 1952 alignment is just out of sight on the left in this photo. There is a historical Marker near the east end of the bridge. Known as Bridge #18 this is a Parker through truss bridge

We visited this bridge shortly after it was closed to vehicle traffic in the spring of 2013, but there was still a 4 ton weight limit posted. That became more interesting because it meant that the loaded semi-truck that approached from the west end had to figure out how to turn around on a narrow two lane road with only a steep narrow gravel driveway for added manuvering space. Fun to watch. As if the 4 ton limit wouldn't have been enough of an obstacle if the bridge had been open.

xThe bridge reopened to limited traffic in 2015 with a height limit set at 7'-2" which is low enough to prevent any kind of large trucks, buses or campers from using and damaging it. Unfortunately it closed to vehicle traffic again in late August 2018.

Photo(s): 2013



x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.