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Intracoastal Waterway Bridge


Looking northeast

The main span is a floating swing span.

The ramp at the southeast end doubles as a lift span for small boats.

The structures at each end lift, lower and adjust the ramps.

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #281511


Street View 


Swing bridge over Intracoastal Waterway on FM 457
Matagorda County, Texas
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Scheduled for replacement
Built 1969; rehabilitated 1982
Pontoon swing
Length of largest span: 124.0 ft.
Total length: 229.0 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+28.77083, -95.61694   (decimal degrees)
28°46'15" N, 95°37'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/244501/3185405 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Lakes West
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 131580060501016 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33233 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2019: New Street View added by David Backlin
  • February 27, 2019: Updated by David Backlin: Updated to doomed
  • October 25, 2015: New Street View added by Patrick Feller
  • December 17, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • April 12, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 11, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth



Intracoastal Waterway Bridge
Posted January 3, 2021, by Wbchloe (whbroadw [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A replacement bridge is being built to replace the current swing bridge. It is very strange because you have to loop into it because the span has to be shortened and they had to eliminate the normal straight approaches.