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Cummins Creek Bridge

Photos 

Cummins Creek Bridge

Undated photo of this bridge during it's construction.

Historic photo

BH Photo #222693

Map 

Description 

Blog photo showing this bridge still exists as of Nov. 2011

http://barrysphotoblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/781-cummins-cree...

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over Cummins Creek on CR 182
Location
Fayette County, Texas
Status
Bypassed by a new bridge in 1996 and abandoned
History
Built ca. 1920; bypassed in 1996 and abandoned
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss of 6 panels
Pinned Pratt pony truss of 4 panels
Long stringer approach on other end
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 247.1 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 12, 1975
Also called
Haw Creek Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.97944, -96.65694   (decimal degrees)
29°58'46" N, 96°39'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/726060/3318818 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fayetteville
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 130760AA0182001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 75001975 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42033 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/1990)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
50

Categories 

Abandoned (3,023)
Beam (11,923)
Built during 1920s (8,751)
Fayette County, Texas (21)
NR-listed (2,844)
Pony truss (15,046)
Pratt pony truss (3,180)
Pratt through truss (4,596)
Pratt truss (8,016)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,026)
Steel stringer (4,677)
Structurally deficient (18,407)
Texas (2,235)
Through truss (12,893)
Total length 175-250 feet (3,762)
Truss (29,433)

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed coordinates to proper location.
  • February 12, 2012: Added by Julie Bowers
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: added NRHP info

Sources 

Comments 

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted March 5, 2017, by John Yoder (redoynhoj [at] gmail [dot] com)

there is another Cummins Creek Bridge that does not show up on this site that looks like this one but is still open to traffic just off 159 on Willow Springs Rd

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 19, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

I walked and photographed the bridge yesterday (November 18, 2014) and just finished posting the photos.

The bridge structure appears to be in very good condition, though, of course, the wooden deck is deteriorating. The concrete supports appear to be considerably more recent than the bridge steel. That and the ease of access to the bridge might suggest that, when it was replaced, there was at least consideration given to its preservation.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 9, 2014, by Jared Cravens (jaredcphot [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just visited this bridge in November of 2014, and it is still there, though there are several spots where entire lengths of the wooden floor are missing, due to falling tree limbs and decay.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's what it said at the historic museum. I can take a picture of the book next time I am down there....I noticed it was the same span but naming becomes an issue.....

Can we move everything over there.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is actually the same one as this:

http://www.bridgehunter.com/tx/fayette/130760AA0182001/

It is much newer than the 1886 date and I doubt that King had anything to do with this bridge.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted February 12, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

OOPs, I posted this on another bridge with pictures. Sorry webmaster. Should have looked at the County before I started posting bridges.

Cummins Creek
Posted February 12, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Can't seem to change the map to where the bridge should be located off Coufal Road in northern Fayette County. It was too dark for me to stay, when I finally found it, to do any measuring. But the next time I get back to Texas, I will be sure to spend some more time there.

Any help appreciated.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted January 4, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I found it!

I posted an historic photo showing the bridge apparently during construction, and a link to this blog showing it standing in November.

http://barrysphotoblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/781-cummins-cree...

The gentleman states it was bypassed in 1931, but the good condition of the deck suggests that the 1996 date seems more adequate. The overall length appears to match the length given here. And, it is obviously well hidden in the trees!

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted January 4, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ummm...but then, what about this one?

http://bridgehunter.com/tx/fayette/130760AA0398005/

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted January 4, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Jason...if the bridge is still extant, it is hiding in a rather "stealth-like" manner.

I was looking at the Google Earth historical imagery, and found that the new bridge went up between March of 1995 and December of 1997.

The encouraging thing here is that the density of the trees seems to have remained unchanged over the years. If the old span had been removed after the new one opened...or even later on, it's seems logical that they would have cleared out some of this foliage to get to it.

Road trip Jules!!!

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted January 4, 2012, by Jason Straub

Just looked at old Google Earth imagery, and the road did in fact used to run east of where it is now. You can still see the abrupt left turn just north of the crossing on current imagery. But with all the old imagery still can't tell if the bridge is still there...

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 23, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks as if it might be hiding in the trees to the right of the UCEB.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 23, 2011, by K. A. Erickson

Bing overhead views look the most promising so if Robert, Julie, or Tony wish to have a look see ... road trip.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 23, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the votes of confidence! It would be great if this bridge is still in place.

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yup Jules...he is to whom I was referring. ;)

Cummins Creek Bridge
Posted November 22, 2011, by julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While researching at the fayette county historic offices today the Cummins Creek Bridge came up as the only other truss bridge still in the county. There History places it in 1890 and a King truss. I willtry to check it out. Was told it was still there but bypassed.

The Piano Bridge cost 3000 to build. It was a fun day of research. Jb

Tony, the only Elder I trust in trusses is Robert. He knows his stuff and gives a great itinerary....)