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Somerset Road Bridge

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Somerset Road Bridge

Deck looking SW.

Photo taken by royce haley in April 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #284999

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Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Leon Creek on Somerset Road in San Antonio
Location
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement.
History
Built 1914
Builder
- Daniel B. Luten (Patentee)
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 59.1 ft.
Total length: 223.1 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.32861, -98.58500   (decimal degrees)
29°19'43" N, 98°35'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/540292/3244465 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Terrell Wells
Elevation
600.41 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 150150B32065001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32783 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 48.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
410

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2016: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Concrete balustrade"
  • August 29, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Daniel B. Luten (Patentee)
  • June 8, 2014: New photos from royce haley
  • February 23, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.

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Comments 

Somerset Road Bridge
Posted August 30, 2016, by Anonymous

Newest Google Streetview shows that this bridge was repaired, not replaced. It is now one-way with a modern steel railing inside the repaired concrete balustrade. The wing walls on the approaches appear to have been replaced and the underside was painted.

Somerset Road Bridge
Posted January 27, 2015, by Jessica Acuna

Hello, I live in the apts not far from this bridge. I love the fact that people care enough to want to see it fixed.I didnt realize other people felt that way. It's unfortunate that it took this long for them to fix it. It's still being worked on and I can't wait till they open up the bridge again.

Somerset Road Bridge
Posted April 20, 2012, by Kalizhada (kalizhada [at] ahoo [dot] comy)

This road bridge needs to be preserved, this is part of old San Antonio that tends to be forgotten becuase it's not part of the Greater San Antonio chamber of commerce's list of priority restorations. The real upsetting thing is the massive amount of garbage that has been dumped for years by garbage utilities of Somerset, Texas. THIS MUST STOP, it is starting to effect the biological environment of the wildlife and streamwater of Leon Creek. For pictures and close ups of the environment please see my youtube page: kalizhadainc. SAVE THE BRIDGE for the 100 year anniversary!

Somerset Road Bridge
Posted July 11, 2011, by julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did you take any pictures. Would love to help. Julie

Somerset Road Bridge, a Travesty
Posted July 10, 2011, by Andrew S. (swagger [at] texaswebstorage [dot] com)

Both of my families trace their history to the Brush Country and on up to Somerset. I have occasion to head down that way pretty frequently, and always take the little bridge and imagine what stories the old folks might have to tell about it.

This weekend I and an attorney friend of mine crossed the bridge and I thought I'd show him the plaque that describes the bridge. To my real dismay, we found it missing, the victim of metal thieves. I have also taken the little dirt road down to the watershed just South of the bridge and found a little paradise all overhung with trees and with a cool breeze going through despite the 100+ degree summer.

This old bridge ought to be saved, but as will no doubt be the case, yet another emblem of older, more civil times may be simply swept away because of its Southerly local. Were this truly quaint little bridge to be on the North Side of San Antonio, it would recieve more attention, and might even be saved. Are there any with me that would like to try to draw attention to it and save it from the wrecking ball?

Please feel free to email me. Lets save this litle bridge! For a relatively small amount of public funds, a real treasure with real history might be restored to full service, and be a real gem for folks who live down that way, or anybody else for that matter.

Andrew S., San Antonio, 7th Generation Texan

swagger@texaswebstorage.com