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Willow Springs Road Bridge

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Willow Springs Road Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2009

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BH Photo #145359

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Cummins Creek on Willow Springs Road
Location
Fayette County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca.1885
Design
Pin-connected Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 99.1 ft.
Total length: 149.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.7 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.95444, -96.63333   (decimal degrees)
29°57'16" N, 96°37'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/728396/3316093 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fayetteville
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 130760AA0398005 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33020 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 07/2014)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
50

Update Log 

  • March 5, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 15, 2009: New photos from C Hanchey

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Comments 

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted March 5, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My money is on this one!

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted March 5, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

John Yoder, different than this one?

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I agree, a fascinating detail! While rare, it is not unheard of for trusses to have bottom chords that are not connected at the hip verticals (and extend over two panels), however the method of guiding the bottom chord is quite unusual here... wish we knew who built it. FYI, here is another bridge with a guide only for the bottom chord at the hip vertical:

http://www.historicbridges.org/pennsylvania/redmill/swpenn07...

http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That bottom chord connection in the photo is interesting. I am not sure if I have ever seen a truss panel framed in like that.

The vertical and floor beam essentially just freely hang from the top chord and the connection is simply clamped to the continuous bottom chord eye bars to stabilize the floor beam.

I guess this eliminated an additional pin in the assembly of this small truss.

Interesting photo, thanks for adding it!

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted September 17, 2014, by Jeanette Bergen (jbergenphoto [at] gmail [dot] com)

Willow Springs Road Bridge is an interesting bridge to visit. The community has brought the bridge to life. I recommend a visit, maybe you'll find a note in the railing or some other ornament on the bridge. This bridge has inspired a group of artists & writers to create a project based solely on the bridge.The back history on the project: Once a month The Gallery at Round Top hosts "A Conversation", where artists and creatives come together to share ideas and enjoy stimulating conversation. The Willow Springs Bridge Project, "One View, Many Viewpoints", is a product of these conversations. Over thirty artists, poets, and writers created and exhibited their art in June of 2014 at Arts for Rural Texas in Fayetteville, Texas. You can see their work here: http://willowspringsbridge.weebly.com/

To view my work on the bridge click: http://www.jeanettebergenphotography.com/willowsprings

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted August 29, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Google can do this for you. That's what I did to generate a route from Houston. Where will you be starting from?

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-45+N&daddr=TX-159+W&hl=...

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted August 29, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

north on 159 out of Fayetville. take a left on Willow Springs Road

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted August 29, 2013, by vicki Newsom (vickinewsom324 [at] aol [dot] com)

Can anyone give me street by street/turn by turn directions?

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted March 3, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

going bridge hunting today, I will find this one and take some more photos.

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted February 13, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow, and it was just around the corner. Wonder what else is lurking in Fayette County.

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted February 12, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This beauty...on the other hand is most likely a King built span and dates much older than the 1910 default date given.

Need to give this one a look the next time you are down there Jules! ;-)

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted January 4, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This one definitely looks like a King built span, and the 1910 date listed is off by about 20 years...I would put this one at about 1890. As of Aug.2009 the bridge was still open to traffic.

Still, I wonder if this is not the span they were referring to. Would be really nice if both Cummings Creek spans were still around!

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted March 24, 2008, by Larry Wilson (larryww1 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Went back over it yesterday, took pictures from the other side

Willow Springs Road Bridge
Posted March 21, 2008, by Larry Wilson (larryww1 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Wwent over it the other day