Rating:
4 votes

Brazoria Bridge

Photo 

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

View this photo on Flickr

BH Photo #235179

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Brazos River on TX 332/FM 521 in Brazoria
Location
Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas
Status
Closed
History
Built 1939
Builder
- Keliher Construction Co. of Dallas, Texas/Little Rock, Arkansas
Design
Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 222.1 ft.
Total length: 1,124.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1991
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.05433, -95.55714   (decimal degrees)
29°03'16" N, 95°33'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/251021/3216704 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brazoria
Inventory numbers
NRHP 91000783 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 120200152401017 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32788 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/2008)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.8 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
12,680

Update Log 

  • December 15, 2014: Updated by Luke: Builder
  • July 14, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • February 4, 2012: Updated by Garry Taylor: Listed bridge as closed.
  • March 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View.

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • Garry Taylor - indy311 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

Brazos River Bridge
Posted December 8, 2006, by Neal McLain (nmclain [at] annsgarden [dot] com)

The Brazos River Bridge at Brazoria, commonly known as "Brazoria Bridge," is a 1124-foot concrete and steel structure containing three Parker truss spans. It was constructed in 1939, and it's still in use today, carrying State Highways SH332 and FM521. It's a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and it's listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo: http://tinyurl.com/ynf3om

Satellite photo: http://tinyurl.com/y9hpu6

Topo map: http://tinyurl.com/ydc9to

Texas Landmark Register: http://tinyurl.com/onbpx

National Register: http://tinyurl.com/mphf4

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to construct a new four-lane highway bridge between the Brazos River Bridge and Union Pacific Railroad Bridge located 300 feet south. The Brazos River Bridge will remain standing to provide access to the picnic area and park east of river.

The railroad bridge was originally built ca 1907 by the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway Company. It's a center-pivot swinging bridge, theoretically capable of pivoting to allow river traffic to pass, although it has not been opened for several years. The St.L.B.& M.R.R. merged with the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company in 1956, which in turn merged with the Union Pacific in 1997. The railroad operates today as the Union Pacific, which still uses the bridge for revenue traffic. A dozen trains a day pass across it, most of which are drawn by UPRR locomotives, although BNSF locomotives are sometimes seen.