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Lavaca Bay Causeway (1931-1961)


Lavaca Bay Causeway, circa late 1930's

Note the people stopped on bridge fishing.

BH Photo #213683


The original causeway over Lavaca Bay was constructed in 1931 and was the longest bridge in the state of Texas. It suffered devastating damage in a 1942 hurricane, and was rebuilt in 1944. However, yet another storm cause severe damage in 1945, resulting in another round of repairs. Finally, weeks before its scheduled replacement by a modern concrete structure, the bridge was effectly destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961. Surviving portions from both the east and west approaches remain in-place as fishing piers.


Lost Timber stringer bridge over Lavaca Bay on State Highway 35
Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, Texas
Destroyed by storm
Initially built in 1931, the bridge was damaged in 1942 and 1945 by hurricanes, repaired, but effectively destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.
Timber pilings with concrete roadway slab poured on top of trestle bents; drawbridge over ship channel
Total length: 10,000.0 ft. (1.9 mi.)
Also called
Lavaca Bay Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+28.65751, -96.58561   (decimal degrees)
28°39'27" N, 96°35'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/735970/3172426 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Point Comfort
Inventory number
BH 49596 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2011: Added by Jason Poole


  • Jason Poole - jpoole [at] pulaskitech [dot] edu
  • Douglas Butler


Lavaca Bay Causeway (1931-1961)
Posted September 13, 2018, by Allen Baass (Baasscall [at] gmail [dot] com)


The bridge was rebuilt in 1944 and the piling were driven in by Herman Baass of Baass Brothers of VICTORIA Texas.

They received the contract due to the fact that Herman Baass had a pile driving skid rig large enough to cantilever the bent spacing. The bridge was built one bent at a time and the pile driving rig was then slid forward to drive the the next set of piling.

The piling were spliced due to the overall length of pile depth approximately 90.

There are only a few piling left that are visible.

Allen Baass

A Baass construction & supply.