US-281 Brazos River Bridge - Palo Pinto County, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 32° 38.499 W 098° 06.014
14S E 584392 N 3611918
Quick Description: Through truss bridge over Brazos River on US-281
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2020 7:38:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM13337
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Long Description:
Bridge Hunters

"Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals."

Living New Deal

"By September 1938, the Brazos River bridge project had been placed on the 1939 Regular Federal Aid Program. Texas Highway Department engineers designed the bridge. The department submitted the plans and specifications to the United States Bureau of Public Roads and received approval for the project on September 20. The appropriation amounted to $88,800 of federal funds to cover 50 percent of the project cost with the State of Texas funding the remainder. The Texas Highway Commission opened bids for the project on October 25, 1938. After reviewing the six bids submitted, the commission awarded the contract to Brown & Root, Inc. of Austin, which submitted the low bid of nearly $171,000. The Bethlehem Steel Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, fabricated the steel spans. Construction work on the project began on December 16, 1938 and was completed on September 23, 1939.

The Texas Department of Transportation built a new concrete beam bridge in 2016, on the east side of the 1939 bridge, for north bound traffic on U.S. 281. The 1939 bridge is being rehabilitated with a new deck, railing and paint and will be re-opened for south bound traffic in 2019. The new bridge is handing traffic in both directions until the 1939 bridge rehabilitation is finished."

Date Built: 1/1/1939

Length of Span:
Length of largest span: 252.0 ft. / Total length: 1,138.2 ft.


Parking Coordinates:: Not Listed

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