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Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

BH Photo #115045


Street View 


Cable-stayed bridge over Puluxy River on CR 149 (Berry's Creek Road)
Erath County, Texas
Built 1890 by the Runyon Bridge Co.; relocated 1934
- Runyon Bridge Co.
Length of largest span: 201.1 ft.
Total length: 268.1 ft.
Deck width: 9.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 7.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.35431, -98.02597   (decimal degrees)
32°21'16" N, 98°01'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/591648/3580125 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bluff Dale
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 77001440 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 020730AA0149002 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32988 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2020: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Status
  • February 28, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • February 1, 2013: New photos from Barclay Gibson
  • October 4, 2011: New Street View added by Linda Thaxton
  • June 10, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record



Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge
Posted April 6, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This nationally significant historic bridge is now on the verge of collapse, a condition that has developed this year as the result of recent floods. Scour has undercut a concrete foundation on which the tower rests, and one of the towers has dropped enough that the deck now has a significant sag to one side. One of the supporting bents under the towers has also snapped. The county is now pursuing DEMOLITION of this NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT historic bridge on the claim that when it collapses it will destroy the modern bridge next to it. The county further claims it does not have the needed money to non-destructively dismantle the bridge and place it into storage. So, in short, unless a source of funding can be found to dismantle and put the bridge in storage or perhaps repair it in place, this bridge is otherwise in imminent doom, whether by collapse of demolition. The events that caused the recent collapse had not taken place when I visited the bridge last year for a full photo-documentation of this fascinating bridge. https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=t...

Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge
Posted May 26, 2014, by Tina (texas-meme [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was there this weekend and it is now closed to pedestrians also.

Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge
Posted February 25, 2010, by Patrick Sparks (psparks [at] sparksengineering [dot] com)

Sparks Engineering, Inc. is preparing a scope of work and opinion of cost for the rehabilitation of this unique bridge. The report is being prepared for the Historic Bridge Foundation.