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US 90 Overpass

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Photo taken by Patrick Feller

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Description 

Structurally sound, albeit functionally obsolete, bridge was severely damaged by a collision with a garbage truck that had been left in its raised position, on July 7, 2016. A portion of the bridge fell on a car driving underneath, killing a 12 year old child and injuring her mother who was driving.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over TX 36 on US 90
Location
Sealy, Austin County, Texas
Status
Center span (over SH 36) removed summer of 2016; west span removed March 6, 2017 and east span removed March 7, 2017.
Future prospects
Completely demolished and scheduled to be replaced after collision with garbage truck, based on structural analysis of the remaining portion of the bridge.
History
Built 1936; badly damaged by collision with garbage truck July 7, 2016; subsequently demolished
Builders
- Gibb Gilchrist of Wills Point, Texas
- Uvalde Construction Co. of Dallas, Texas
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 54.1 ft.
Total length: 133.9 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.77028, -96.15486   (decimal degrees)
29°46'13" N, 96°09'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/775095/3296723 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sealy
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 130080027108419 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 60699 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2013)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 7.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
5,600

Update Log 

  • March 18, 2017: Updated by Matthew Dittert: Remaining spans demolished
  • July 7, 2016: Updated by Roger Deschner: Severely damaged by collision with garbage truck
  • April 18, 2014: Added by Patrick Feller

Sources 

  • Patrick Feller - nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Matthew Dittert

Comments 

US 90 Overpass
Posted July 8, 2016, by Anonymous
US 90 Overpass
Posted July 8, 2016, by Matt Lohry

With an overhead clearance of only 10'-9", I'm wondering why this guy was on this road with a garbage truck anyway--seems to me that even with the arm lowered, it would be a very tight squeeze getting the truck under the bridge. I sure wouldn't try it.

US 90 Overpass
Posted July 8, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Patrick, Granted I admit it may be a minority of truck drivers who are truly idiots, but I live near the I-69 International Trade Corridor (aka Massive Annoying Truck Route) and I have on numerous occasions nearly been driven off the road into the ditch by truckers unable to stay in their lane because they are half asleep. I have also been involved in hiring a truck and it took about 10 phone calls over two hours to give a trucker directions to a pickup location. No knowledge of GPS coordinates. And I also know from reliable sources who wish to remain anonymous that the process of falsifying logbooks so that trucks can drive longer than is legal (laws intended to protect motorists from truckers not being alert due to fatigue) happens with startling frequency. Like the Walmart trucker who caused a horrible accident with fatalities near Chicago a while back. And of course in their big truck, these truck drivers who cause these fatal accidents get to walk away without injury.

So yeah stereotypes may be inappropriate (like any stereotype) but these sorts of incidents still suggest that there is something wrong with "the system" as these things should NEVER happen. Once is too much.

US 90 Overpass
Posted July 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yeah and never assume a truck driver has a brain. The only requirement to be a truck driver is that you have a pulse. Brain is optional.

US 90 Overpass
Posted July 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That is awful. Never take life for granted.

US 90 Overpass
Posted July 7, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yet another perfectly good bridge damaged by a careless truck driver, killing a 12-year old child and injuring her mother who was driving. Apparently that trash hauling company has had a poor safety record.

Story at KPRC-TV of Houston http://www.click2houston.com/news/truck-company-in-bridge-ac...