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Regency Suspension Bridge

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Photos 

View from South

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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Video 

Driving across northbound

Video shot by Barclay Gibson

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Map 

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 

  • 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
  • Bridgemapper.com - by Todd Wilson and Lauren Winkler
  • aaron leibold - aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

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.)