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Lower Elgin Road Bridge



Photo provided by Kenneth Miller

BH Photo #108923


Street View 


Per TxDot Texas Historic Bridge Inventory documentation, "Bridge links rural communities of Cedar Valley, Utley, and Union Hill with Elgin..." It was by-passed by the construction of a new bridge in 1997 and abandoned in-place.

As old as this bridge is, it was not the first bridge to have been built at this location; the Bastrop County Commissioners Court meeting minutes of April 7, 1887 specified this bridge to be built "On Wilbarger Creek at the old bridge site."


Pratt through-truss bridge over Wilbarger Creek on Lower Elgin Road (CR 55). This road has also been known as Coats Rd.
Bastrop County, Texas
The damage from the floods of 2015 was repaired in the fall of 2018, and the bridge is open again to pedestrian traffic.
Future prospects
The 2015 flood damage to the Lower Elgin Road bridge was repaired by Beck-Reit & Sons, Ltd. of Austin. The repair costs approved by FEMA totaled $127,215.90; the repair costs were reimbursed to the County by FEMA (75%) and Texas Department of Agriculture (25%). The repair work began on October 31, 2018 and was completed by the end of November 2018.

The bridge has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LowerElginRoadBridge) and a web site (http://lowerelginroadbridge.com/index.html)

The KCBI bid for four bridges, including this one, was for $12,829 and was accepted by the Bastrop County Commissioners Court on May 31, 1887 (source: Bastrop County Commissioners Court meeting minutes, Vol. D. p. 270)
- Kansas City Bridge & Iron Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Bastrop County Commissioners Court meetings of April - May, 1887)
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through-truss
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 10, 2017
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.22268, -97.40928   (decimal degrees)
30°13'22" N, 97°24'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/653087/3344530 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 140110AA0055001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32757 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 3, 2019: New photos from Debra Ferguson
  • May 8, 2018: New Street View added by Leslie R Trick
  • May 8, 2018: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 16, 2015: Updated by Debra Ferguson: Updated to include details from TxDot "Texas Historic Bridge Inventory" documentation and from minutes of the Bastrop County Commissioners Court meetings of April - May, 1887)
  • August 15, 2015: Updated by Julie Bowers: fixed typo
  • May 26, 2014: Updated by royce haley: Posted new photos
  • July 9, 2007: Posted photos from Kenneth Miller


  • Kenneth Miller - dermoons [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Julie Bowers - jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Debra Ferguson
  • Leslie R Trick - Leslie [dot] Trick [at] gmail [dot] com


Lower Elgin Road Bridge
Posted April 27, 2016, by Wade Pitcher (wpitcher1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This Bridge has major damage from 2015 floods.


Lower Elgin Road Bridge
Posted July 19, 2015, by Paul Lupa (Paul [dot] Lupa [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ooops, I posted pictures of the Cedar Creek bridge.

Lower Elgin Road Bridge
Posted July 19, 2015, by Paul Lupa (Paul [dot] Lupa [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge seemed to have been damaged by high water. Posted pictures from July 2015.

Lower Elgin Road Bridge
Posted June 26, 2011, by Chris Vreeland (CVREELAND [at] austin [dot] rr [dot] com)

I took a bunch of pictures of this bridge in January 2011. The wooden deck is in pretty bad shape, but it's still walkable, if you watch your step. Gallery is here: