Arkansas River bridge struck by barge on Saturday

Barge strikes bridge at Kerr Reservoir. Photo courtesy Oklahoma Highway Patrol.


It wasn’t on the magnitude of the barge collision that brought down the Interstate 40 bridge over the Arkansas River and killed 14 people in 2022, but a barge incident occurred Saturday and resulted in the temporary closure of a state highway near Sallisaw.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported the US-59 bridge over the Arkansas River was struck by a barge Saturday afternoon.

Engineers from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation inspected the structure and determined it was safe to reopen for traffic.

The highway bridge is near the Sequoyah/LeFlore County line.

An investigation is underway and it has yet  to be revealed why the barge struck the bridge.