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TX174 Brazos River Bridge

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TX 174 Brazos River Bridge

Taken from Kimball Bend Park.

Photo taken by Gail Hurley Oct. 2010

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BH Photo #192482

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Facts 

Overview
Deck truss bridge over Brazos River on TX 174
Location
Hill County, Texas, and Bosque County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1950
Design
Deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 201.1 ft.
Total length: 1,294.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.12389, -97.49083   (decimal degrees)
32°07'26" N, 97°29'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/642364/3555165 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
2,640
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 091100051902005 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33099 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 48.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 20, 2022: New Street View added by Roger Deschner
  • March 19, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • March 17, 2022: New Street View added by Bambi Sharkoman
  • April 8, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 17, 2011: New photos from Scott Wiley

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Comments 

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted March 20, 2022, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Jesse - I found the signal lights on Google Street View and posted them.

They look like the type that are often used temporarily for one-lane construction areas, connected to one another by radio signals. They appear to be solar powered. Therefore there was no need to run power lines to them or a signal line between them, which greatly reduced the expense. These units are mass produced, so they probably weren't very costly, even in a semi-permanent installation.

This also means that if a decision is made in the future to revert to two-way traffic on the bridge, they can be removed very easily, and reused elsewhere.

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted March 19, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

the bridge does have one lane traffic lights installed unfortunately i forgot to take pictures of said lights

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Sam,

The bridge was open to traffic when I visited the bridge in 2019. It shows green on Google Maps Traffic which would suggest the bridge remains open as of today.

I also did a Google search for the bridge and found an article indicating that as of 2020 it may be run as a one-lane bridge controlled by signals.

https://www.kxxv.com/one-direction-of-travel-for-sh-174-brid...

I do think this bridge is eventually slated for replacement but I have no idea when, perhaps years from now.

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2021, by Sam Muchia (smuchia [at] netzero [dot] com)

Is the bridge over the Brazos open for traffic? This page says open, but not dated.

Thanks so much.

Sam

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2020, by Anonymous

The bridge has been converted to a one lane bridge with alternating directional lights

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted April 8, 2020, by Luke

That style of postcard was common in the 1930s-late 1960s

TX174 Brazos River Bridge
Posted April 8, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

...that postcard really dates to the 50s? (This bridge has a build year of 1950.) Seems like it'd be older than that.