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Krchnak Road Bridge

Photos 

Side view, still showing old RR flatcar markings

Photo taken by Roger Deschner in July 2017

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #396457

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Description 

Two recycled railroad flatcars, welded together to make a sufficiently wide bridge.

Bridge is a popular site for fishing in Pin Oak Creek.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through girder bridge over Pin Oak Creek on Krchnak Road (County Road 183)
Location
Bastrop County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic, zoned for load
History
Built 1992
Design
Two railroad flatcars, welded together
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 71.9 ft.
Total length: 88.9 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.05070, -97.07491   (decimal degrees)
30°03'03" N, 97°04'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/685593/3325964 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Winchester
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 140110AA0183002 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 77863 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 75.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
20

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2017: Added by Roger Deschner

Sources 

  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Krchnak Road Bridge
Posted July 10, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I am driving down a highway, and I see a sign "LOAD ZONED BRIDGE AHEAD" on a side road, that's an invitation to explore. Though I was hoping for a nice, picturesque, old truss, what I found on Krchnak Road near Smithville TX was unusual enough to be notable. You just don't see too many recycled flatcar bridges, and this one was made from two flatcars welded together lengthwise to form a wide enough roadway. The two guys fishing said they didn't know of any others like it in the area.