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Lincoln Avenue Viaduct




Photo taken Apr. 18, 2004, by Wayne Kizziar

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Designed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and presented to the City of Little Rock as a corporate gesture of goodwill, the Lincoln Avenue Viaduct was the first and only through rainbow arch in the city. As an example of a single-span reinforced concrete bridge of through rainbow arch design it remains today as an example unique in Arkansas. It was built by The Ozark Engineering Company of Joplin, Missouri in 1928 and, though it has lost a balustrade on the west side and has had a second bridge built adjacent to it, the Lincoln Avenue Viaduct is remarkably well preserved.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Through arch bridge across the Union Pacific Railroad on the westbound lanes of AR 10 (Cantrell Road) in Little Rock
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Built 1928 by the Ozark Engineering Company of Joplin, MO and paid for by the Missouri Pacific Railroad
- Ozark Engineering Co. of Joplin, Missouri
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Concrete through arch
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 144.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.75244, -92.28321   (decimal degrees)
34°45'09" N, 92°16'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/565604/3845824 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Little Rock
Inventory numbers
AHTD M0336 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
NRHP 90000731 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 10541 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 33.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)

Update Log 

  • January 26, 2015: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • March 5, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • February 19, 2005: Posted AHTD photos


  • Wayne Kizziar - wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net
  • HAER AR-6 - Lincoln Avenue Viaduct
  • AHTD
  • Nathan Holth
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER AR-6 - Lincoln Avenue Viaduct, Spanning Union Pacific Railroad between Baring Cross Bridge & Union Station, Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR


Lincoln Avenue Viaduct
Posted January 10, 2011, by Alan Wray (alancwray [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Also learned that this bridge replaced the previous structure that was there and that the city gave Mo Pac the North Street land that also had a viaduct over the tracks.

Lincoln Avenue Viaduct
Posted June 28, 2010, by alancwray (alan [dot] wray [at] verizonwireless [dot] com)

I'm curious about the three old railroad bridges that are in this area. One is directly besides this bridge and runs perpendicular to the Baring Cross tracks. Two others are under the Cantrell Road Bridge down the street around Gill St. Prob old Rock Island spurs or something.