Lavaca Bay Causeway (1931-1961)
Lavaca Bay Causeway, circa late 1930's
Note the people stopped on bridge fishing.
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)
- September 12, 2011: Added by Jason Poole
- Jason Poole - jpoole [at] pulaskitech [dot] edu
- Douglas Butler