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Galveston Bay Bridge (NB)


The Texas Collection, Baylor University

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This crossing was built in 1938. It was the first vehicle only crossing into Galveston Bay. IN 1959 a parallel span was completed.

The 1938 causeway was closed for modification when the 1959 parallel span was completed. The 1938 drawbridge section and room enough to establish a reasonable grade were removed and a new high span was built across the intracoastal waterway to match the (parallel) 1959 span. Most of the 1938 bridge continued to be used.


Steel stringer bridge over Galveston Bay on Interstate 45
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1938; Modified with high Span 1964; Replaced 2006
Steel stringer with bascule drawbridge removed
Length of largest span: 214.9 ft.
Total length: 8,195.3 ft. (1.6 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Also called
Galveston Causeway (NB)
Galveston Causeway (NB)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.29516, -94.88661   (decimal degrees)
29°17'43" N, 94°53'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/316751/3242163 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Virginia Point
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 120850050001243 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 66521 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 24, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • August 24, 2018: Updated by Brad Smith: This bridge really was built in 1938. It was modified in 1964.
  • March 30, 2015: Updated by Luke: Edited entry, TX NBI erroneously listed this bridge as having a 1938 build date

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