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Roy B. Inks Bridge

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Roy B. Links Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2009

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BH Photo #144736

Map 

Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Llano River on TX 16 and TX 71 in Llano
Location
Llano, Llano County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936 by the Austin Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 2006
Builder
- Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia
Design
Four-Span Parker Through Truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 198.2 ft.
Total length: 876.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Recognition
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
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 141500029001023 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33230 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 59.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
11,350

Update Log 

  • 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

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

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

Builder: Austin Bridge Company