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Washington Avenue Bridge

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Washington Ave Brazos River Bridge

Photo taken by Scott Wiley 02/13/11

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BH Photo #193507

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Overview
Through truss bridge over Brazos River on Washington Avenue in Waco
Location
Waco, McLennan County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1901
Builders
- J.H. Sparks of St. Joseph, Missouri
- John W. Maxcy of Houston, Texas (Resident Engineer)
Design
Pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 450.2 ft.
Total length: 567.0 ft.
Deck width: 21.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 20, 1998
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.56119, -97.12878   (decimal degrees)
31°33'40" N, 97°07'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/677614/3493277 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 98000143 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 091610B00331001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 05/2014)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 46.7 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
3,800

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 15, 2012: New photos from Brent Tindall
  • February 14, 2011: New photo from Scott Wiley
  • February 13, 2011: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Corrected date and added builder
  • February 13, 2011: New photos from Scott Wiley
  • July 25, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Scott Wiley - fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Flickr - The original color in an old postcard
  • Todd Wilson
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Scott Wiley (fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I spoke with a Waco official back when the bridge was still under the tent about what color they were going to paint it. It had always been silver as far back as I could remember. He said it would be painted black as that was the original color when it was built. It has a dramatic look to it since everything around it is green, blue, white etc.

Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

This bridge is incredibly beautiful, and it's nice to see a restoration project completed as accurately as this one was! I'm personally a fan of the "2-tone" black & silver paint scheme, where the portal bracing and upper chord/endposts are painted silver, and the remainder of the superstructure--all truss members and sway bracing--are painted black. It really makes a truss bridge stand out and get noticed. The Broadway Bridge in St. Peter, MN, is an excellent example of this paint scheme:

http://www.bridgehunter.com/mn/le-sueur/4930/

Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Although I wouldn't personally paint a smaller truss bridge Black......I think the larger "majestic" spans like this one look good in Black. I do like that they highlighted the plaque trim and lettering in Gold. I wish they would do that with the plaques on the Laughery Creek Bridge.

Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted February 14, 2011, by Scott Wiley (fifty [dot] fathoms [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Waco did a great job of rehabilitating this bridge in 2010. The entire bridge was covered in a giant tent while the paint work was taking place. I just noticed yesterday that they also replaced the road deck with new concrete.

Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted February 13, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Beautiful!

Thx for the pics Scott!

Washington Avenue Bridge
Posted September 1, 2009, by Rob

The Washington Avenue bridge in Waco, TX is closed until sometime in 2010 for a complete renovation.