Pssst. Hey buddy, want to buy a bridge?
Comanche County is looking for a buyer to take an abandoned bridge off its hands. Starting next week, the county will advertise in The Lawton Constitution a bridge for sale over Sandy Creek at the end of dead-end Holsey Acres Road in Indiahoma, said Western District Comanche County Commissioner Don Hawthorne.
The bridge is a Pratt half-hip pony truss bridge made of a steel frame and wooden boards. It is held up by steel pillars driven into the creek bed. The truss has a 60-foot span and the entire bridge stretches 100 feet, Hawthorne said.
The bridge was built in 1910 and was maintained by the county into the 1990s, the commissioner believes.
Truss bridges were once the norm in road construction, but are now fading reminders of an earlier era.
Hawthorne said there are only four active truss bridges still maintained by the county one in Medicine Creek, and three on Old Cache Road spanning Blue Beaver, Cache and Post Oak creeks.