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Lower Elgin Road Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo provided by Kenneth Miller

BH Photo #108923

Map 

Description 

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 1998 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."

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through-truss bridge over Wilbarger Creek on Lower Elgin Road (CR 55). This road has also been known as Coats Rd.
Location
Elgin, Bastrop County, Texas
Status
Was open to pedestrians until the flooding of Wilbarger Creek in May, 2015. As a result of the flood, the bridge sustained damage to the decking and was closed by Bastrop County.
Future prospects
Several area residents are interested in restoration work to make the bridge safe again for pedestrian use, and are researching bridge history and possible sources of funding for restoration work. The bridge has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LowerElginRoadBridge)
History
The KCBI bid for several bridges (3 or 4--exact details TBD), 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)
Builder
- Kansas City Bridge & Iron Co. of Kansas City, Missouri (Bastrop County Commissioners Court meetings of April - May, 1887)
Design
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 250.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.0 ft.
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:
Utley
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 140110AA0055001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32757 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 01/2006)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 0.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
1

Update Log 

  • 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

Sources 

  • 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

Comments 

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

This Bridge has major damage from 2015 floods.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/142438577@N06/shares/wXFm74

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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cvreeland/sets/7215762705402400...