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Nueces River Bridge


Photo taken by National Weather Service

BH Photo #419250


Street View 


Details from the Road Infrastructure MPS: The advantage of the cantilevered suspended configuration was that it enabled a bridge to carry a significantly longer main span and thinner deck, thus reducing the number of supports and overall cost of the bridge. The Nueces River Bridge carrying BI 35 traffic in Cotulla is a good example of the State Highway Departmentís utilization of a cantilevered suspended span configuration (TxDOT Structure No. 22-142-0-0018-09-040). Completed in 1938, the 1,226-foot-long bridge features a 291-foot-long riveted cantilever-suspended span over the main channel of the river and is ornamented with special design steel railing. Only a small number of cantilever-suspended bridges were constructed by the state between 1934 and 1948. Corrosion problems affecting the connections and refinements in field-welding techniques soon rendered this technology obsolete.


Steel stringer bridge over Nueces River on I-35 Bus Loop
La Salle County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1938
- H. B. Zachry Co. of Laredo, Texas
Steel stringer bridge with cantilever design including suspended span.
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 1,226.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
I-35 Business Loop Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+28.42525, -99.24169   (decimal degrees)
28°25'31" N, 99°14'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/476330/3144334 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 221420001809040 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 80706 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 73.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 12, 2018: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


Nueces River Bridge
Posted March 12, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Eligibility report attached.

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