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Roy B. Inks Bridge


Roy B. Links Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2009


BH Photo #144736

Street Views 


This classic 4-span Parker truss has become one of the icons of the town of Llano, Texas. They love their bridge, which ties the two halves of the town together across the Llano River, as it carries Texas Highways 16 and 71 across the river.

In its 2006 rehabilitation, a new east side walkway was added, which was wider than the original west side walkway, as required for modern pedestrian crossings. The old west walkway was left as is, and the new east side walkway was built to be a replica, including the lattice railing, and use of round-head bolts that look like the rivets of the original.


Through truss bridge over Llano River on TX 16 and TX 71 in Llano
Llano, Llano County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1936 by the Austin Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 2006
- Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia
Four-Span Parker Through Truss
Length of largest span: 198.2 ft.
Total length: 876.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Listed as a contributing resource to the Llano County Courthouse Historic District
Also called
Old Texas Hwy 29 Bridge
Llano River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.75333, -98.67583   (decimal degrees)
30°45'12" N, 98°40'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/531026/3402310 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Llano North
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 141500029001023 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33230 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2022: New Street View added by Bambi Sharkoman
  • June 28, 2022: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • September 13, 2020: New photo from Glenn Celerier
  • May 6, 2019: New photos from Robert Elder
  • July 22, 2015: New photos from Roger Deschner
  • July 21, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Name of bridge is Roy B. Inks, not Links, per sign in photo #6.
  • July 15, 2015: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added description; TX 71 also crossses bridge; NBI shows bridge as NR-listed, but actually it is NR-contributing
  • August 10, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is known as the Roy B. Links Bridge; Added Bridge Builder; Bridge is not on the National Register

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  • Glenn Celerier - celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jesse Sharkoman Berube - jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Paul Plassman


Roy B. Inks Bridge
Posted June 29, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks! i took a break from the heat under the bridge because it was 41C outside and just walked two hours in the sun taking pictures of 3 AUAR bridges. i felt like i didnt take enough pictures of this bridge to meet my documentation standards. plus drone footage would be nice for this bridge. this bridge is honestly perfect to get virtually any angles you want, plenty of open space below and around the bridge and its relatively authentic except for the eastern pedestrian sidewalk

Roy B. Inks Bridge
Posted June 29, 2022, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice new photos of this great bridge by Jesse Sharkoman.

Roy B. Inks Bridge
Posted October 18, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

TXDOT photo showing recent flooding.

Roy B. Inks Bridge
Posted April 22, 2018, by Jonnie England (jonnieengland [at] att [dot] net)

Photos taken April 2018

Llano River Bridge
Posted February 23, 2008, by Donald Towles (dtowles [at] austin-ind [dot] com)

Builder: Austin Bridge Company