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Old FM1093 Brazos River Bridge

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Looking west

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #289204

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Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Brazos River on an old alignment of FM1093
Location
Austin County, Texas, and Fort Bend County, Texas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge upstream
History
Built 1915; Damaged when a log jam took out the western piers around 1950; Replaced on a new alignment 1965
Railroads
- Rail-to-road
- San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway (SA&AP)
Design
Through truss
Also called
SA&AP - Brazos River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.67080, -96.02059   (decimal degrees)
29°40'15" N, 96°01'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/788367/3286021 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wallis
Inventory number
BH 52924 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • July 22, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway", "Rail-to-road"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 14, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Comments 

Old FM1093 Brazos River Bridge
Posted July 25, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

There remains compelling evidence for a railroad origin for the bridge supports still visible. Among that evidence:

http://books.google.com/books?id=6H47AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA389&lpg=P...

While the structure of the riveted piers might support the argument for a bridge preceding the FM road, concrete rubble near the southwest bank supports the argument for a road.

It wouldn't be the first time that a bridge (or at least its substructure) had served two purposes over time.