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Regency Suspension Bridge

Photos 

View from South

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #139618

Map 

Videos 

Driving across northbound

Video shot by Barclay Gibson

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Regency Bridge September 2017

Aerial Video of the Regency Bridge over the Colorado River in Mills / San Saba Counties, Texas.

Aerial Video by Dwayne Dove @DoveAerial

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Description 

This crossing of the Colorado River was built to reopen an important agricultural route and to link San Saba and Brownwood. The Regency Suspension Bridge was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Colorado River on CR 433
Location
Mills County, Texas, and San Saba County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1999
Builder
- Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia
Design
Spanning 340'-0" tower to tower, its 3 l/4"-diameter cables consist of 475 strands of No. 9 gauge galvanized wire anchored into concrete approximately 134 feet behind each welded steel tower. A 16'-0"-wide wooden roadway is supported on timber stringers and steel floor beams hung from steel suspension rods.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 342.9 ft.
Total length: 402.9 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.3 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
Also called
Colorado River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.41000, -98.84611   (decimal degrees)
31°24'36" N, 98°50'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/514627/3475051 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Regency
Elevation
1240 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76002052 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 231670AA0127001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
Survey number: HAER TX-61
BH 33269 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 04/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 31.2 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
100

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2017: New video from Dwayne Dove
  • March 23, 2016: Updated by aaron leibold: Added construction details
  • November 9, 2011: New photos from Ken Miller
  • September 7, 2011: New photos from Linda Thaxton
  • December 20, 2009: New video from Barclay Gibson
  • May 2, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni: Bridge information updated.

Sources 

  • Rick Mattioni
  • HAER TX-61 - Regency Suspension Bridge, Spanning Colorado River at County Route 126, Goldthwaite vicinity, Mills County, TX
  • Linda Thaxton
  • Ken Miller - dermoons [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • aaron leibold - aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dwayne Dove

Comments 

Regency Suspension Bridge Video Shoot with Bryan Jackson Stunt Shows
Posted September 27, 2017, by Bryan Jackson (bryan [at] ebryans [dot] com)

As I continue to travel around and celebrate 50 years on motorcycles with the Doug Domokos Tribute Tour, I am amazed with the beauty of our freedom. Doug always reminded us of that in his stunt shows as he was boldly patriotic. I am honored to continue giving tribute to him and I pray that everyone that it reaches would experience the true value of our freedom here in the USA, but more so a freedom anywhere in the world to have a genuine and real relationship with our creator - Jesus Christ.

Full article on YouTube at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPiBnRCOe8M

Follow me, Bryan Jackson, as I travel the nation doing ministry, racing, and stunting at www.VerticalAdrenaline.com, which contains links to all social media platforms, schedules and promotional & booking materials.

About the photo/video shoot :

I had the opportunity to spend a little time at this beautiful nostalgic bridge in Mullin Texas in late September 2017. Even though I have performed on many bridges, I was a bit nervous on this one due to the fact that it moves, itís narrow, and it doesnít have railing. Itís supposedly the last one-way traffic suspension bridge in the state - that is still open to traffic. The Regency Bridge has been the opening footage of the Texas Country Reporter for some 20 years, itís in the National Register of Historic Places, itís the number one tourist attraction in San Saba and Mills counties. On top of all that growing stardom, a restoration of the bridge in 1999 brought out then Texas Governor George W. Bush in a dedication ceremony that attracted more than two thousand people to the remote location, including reporters from CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and a host of state and local media (most of whom were following Bush everywhere in those days in anticipation of his run for the presidency). This crossing of the Colorado River was built in 1939 to reopen an important agricultural route and to link San Saba and Brownwood. Itís 400ft with 340ft spanning tower to tower.

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Regency Suspension Bridge photo shoot with Bryan Jackson Stunt Shows
Posted September 27, 2017, by Bryan Jackson (bryan [at] ebryans [dot] com)

As I continue to travel around and celebrate 50 years on motorcycles with the Doug Domokos Tribute Tour, I am amazed with the beauty of our freedom. Doug always reminded us of that in his stunt shows as he was boldly patriotic. I am honored to continue giving tribute to him and I pray that everyone that it reaches would experience the true value of our freedom here in the USA, but more so a freedom anywhere in the world to have a genuine and real relationship with our creator - Jesus Christ.

Full video at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPiBnRCOe8M

Follow me, Bryan Jackson, as I travel the nation doing ministry, racing, and stunting at www.VerticalAdrenaline.com, which contains links to all social media platforms, schedules and promotional & booking materials.

About the photo/video shoot :

I had the opportunity to spend a little time at this beautiful nostalgic bridge in Mullin Texas in late September 2017. Even though I have performed on many bridges, I was a bit nervous on this one due to the fact that it moves, itís narrow, and it doesnít have railing. Itís supposedly the last one-way traffic suspension bridge in the state - that is still open to traffic. The Regency Bridge has been the opening footage of the Texas Country Reporter for some 20 years, itís in the National Register of Historic Places, itís the number one tourist attraction in San Saba and Mills counties. On top of all that growing stardom, a restoration of the bridge in 1999 brought out then Texas Governor George W. Bush in a dedication ceremony that attracted more than two thousand people to the remote location, including reporters from CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and a host of state and local media (most of whom were following Bush everywhere in those days in anticipation of his run for the presidency). This crossing of the Colorado River was built in 1939 to reopen an important agricultural route and to link San Saba and Brownwood. Itís 400ft with 340ft spanning tower to tower.

Regency Suspension Bridge
Posted May 29, 2010, by Casey Hibler (cjhibler3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up about 5 miles from this bridge. It is not nearly as exciting driving over it with the new deck but I am glad it was kept open to traffic. Here are some pictures from February 2010 with the bridge covered in snow (rare for this part of Texas.)