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TX6 Brazos River Bridge

Photos 

Hwy 6 bridge

Looking north

Photo taken by Linda Thaxton in July 2011

BH Photo #203846

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Brazos River on TX 6
Location
Knox County, Texas
Status
Bypassed and preserved in place - Open to pedestrains only
History
Built 1939; Bypassed by new bridge 2013 and preserved
Builders
- Oran Speer of Alvord, Texas (Contractor)
- Virginia Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
Design
Warren through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 128.0 ft.
Total length: 755.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1996
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.49944, -99.80194   (decimal degrees)
33°29'58" N, 99°48'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/425509/3706945 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Knox City
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 251380009805036 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 96001123 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 33154 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2011)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 45.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
380

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builders per historical plaque
  • April 11, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Updated to Warren all verts-continuous
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: added NRHP info
  • July 9, 2011: New photos from Linda Thaxton

Sources 

  • Linda Thaxton
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

TX6 Brazos River Bridge
Posted January 8, 2016, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photo of the 1939 bridge under construction with the original 1901 bridge still in place.

Source / Caption:

The Knox County Historical Commission hosted a historical bridge marker dedication on Saturday, October 17th.

The ceremony was on the south side of the Brazos River Bridge on SH 6 between Benjamin and Knox City. The bridge was constructed in 1938-1939 to replace the original truss bridge built in 1901. It is one of only four of its type built in Texas and the design of what engineers call the “top cord” is unique in the state. The bridge project was officially completed on March 16, 1939, at a cost of about $138,000. It is listed in the National Bridge Registry.

Brazos River Bridge
Posted December 22, 2015, by Steve Quarrella (fishpope [at] iname [dot] com)

The Brazos River Bridge was taken out of service for vehicular traffic in 2014, but it is still in service as a pedestrian bridge, with a 2015 Texas Historical Marker at the south end.

Brazos River Bridge
Posted February 8, 2013, by Sherrie Thomas (Mimiatthebeach [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pics of the bridge bring back memories.Me and my siblings and cousins grew up playing in the river under this bridge.My uncle Weldon Gideon would take us and we spent hours there , summer after summer. Thanks for the pics. Sherrie