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I&GN - Buffalo Bayou Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #264955

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Underneath Counterweight Type Deck Plate Girder Bascule Bridge over Buffalo Bayou on International & Great Northern Railroad
Location
Houston, Harris County, Texas
Status
Replaced
History
Built 1915; Replaced 1993
Builders
- American Construction Co. of Chicago, Illinois/Dallas, Texas/Houston, Texas (Erection)
- O.H. Crittenden (I&GN Engineer)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Consulting Engineers)
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fabrication)
Railroads
- International & Great Northern Railroad (I&GN)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
Design
Underneath Counterweight Type Deck Plate Girder Bascule
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 110.6 ft.
Total length: 133.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.76236, -95.34646   (decimal degrees)
29°45'44" N, 95°20'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/273119/3294760 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Settegast
Inventory number
BH 57789 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 29, 2016: Updated by Luke: Imagery + builders
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 5, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added photograph of the original bridge
  • April 17, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Replaced
  • August 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Mapped?
  • August 28, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke

Comments 

I&GN - Buffalo Bayou Bridge
Posted April 17, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Another photo of the modern fixed bridge at this location:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/10578324434/in/set-721...

I&GN - Buffalo Bayou Bridge
Posted April 17, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)
I&GN - Buffalo Bayou Bridge
Posted April 17, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge at this location is not the bascule bridge in a fixed position. It is a modern fixed steel girder bridge. The concrete abutment is dated 1993. The only remnant of an earlier bridge is a bit an older concrete foundation beneath the modern bridge. Otherwise there are absolutely no remnants of the earlier movable I&GN bridge. I have visited the site several times, from both sides of the bayou and by kayak.

More photos of the existing modern fixed bridge:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/13525999833/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/13526000763/in/photost...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/13525999793/in/photost...

I&GN Buffalo Bayou Bridge
Posted October 4, 2013, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

There is a fixed steel girder bridge at the mapped location:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32345848@N07/5214873637

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32345848@N07/5214868621

This fixed steel girder bridge is on the old International & Great Northern right of way, later purchased by Missouri Pacific. It replaced the movable bridge at this location.

Upstream and within sight is the HB&T Strauss bascule railroad bridge, under US 59, in fixed, down position, with the counterweight removed: http://bridgehunter.com/tx/harris/bh52634/

It appears to be the one visible in the lower right of the lower photograph with this listing.