Texas Avenue KCS Overpass
Photo taken in July 2013
BH Photo #261203
Constructed in conjunction with the relocation and expansion of Kansas City Southern Railway's Shreveport yard. The city and railroad each contributed $125,000 to the cost of the actual structure. The railroad spent about $750,000 to lower its tracks beneath the overpass, which was built only 4 feet above grade, eliminating the need for long approaches on Texas Avenue that would have blocked the adjacent buildings.
The overpass was built between March and September 1927. It was formally dedicated and opened to traffic on September 28 by Shreveport's Mayor L. E. Thomas and officials of the KCS Railway. However, temporary tracks crossing Texas Avenue at either end of the overpass were used for more than a year until KCS finished its permanent tracks below.
Upon completion, the overpass served as part of US 80 (the Dixie Overland Highway), and US 79 was added to the route in 1935.
- Concrete tee beam bridge over Kansas City Southern Railway on US 79 and US 80
- Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
- Open to traffic
- Built 1927
- - Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 131.9 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
- Skew angle
- 40 degrees
- Also called
- Texas Avenue Viaduct
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +32.49248, -93.76409 (decimal degrees)
32°29'33" N, 93°45'51" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/428215/3595282 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Shreveport West
- Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
- Inventory number
- BH 52582 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of January 2018)
- Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 2 (out of 100)
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- February 27, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added description text.
- August 6, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Skewed", "Brick road"
- July 28, 2013: New photos from M. D. Caillet
- May 29, 2012: Added by David Backlin