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Cow Bayou Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #243638

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Swing bridge over Cow Bayou on Eastbound TX 73 in Bridge City
Location
Bridge City, Orange County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1941
Design
Swing
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 153.9 ft.
Total length: 804.2 ft.
Deck width: 25.6 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 10, 2010
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.04481, -93.82141   (decimal degrees)
30°02'41" N, 93°49'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/420811/3324034 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Orangefield
Inventory numbers
NRHP 10000252 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 201810030601017 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33302 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2014)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
12,300

Categories 

Bridge City, Texas (1)
Built 1941 (410)
Built during 1940s (3,608)
Deck girder (4,579)
Functionally obsolete (8,044)
Girder (8,129)
Have street view (22,470)
Movable (2,709)
NR-listed (2,842)
Navigable waterway (2,003)
Open (36,837)
Orange County, Texas (16)
Owned by state (13,866)
Plate girder (6,243)
Span length 125-175 feet (3,825)
Swing (1,250)
Texas (2,248)
Total length 500-1000 feet (2,563)

Update Log 

  • March 15, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 27, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Cow Bayou Bridge
Posted November 27, 2012, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)
Cow Bayou Bridge
Posted November 11, 2008, by TROY BLAKENEY (TLBLAKE [at] NETZERO [dot] NET)

THIS OBSOLETE, OUTDATED BRIDGE NEEDS TO BE EVALUATED WITH TODAYS TRAFFIC LOADS AND CONGESTION AND AN UP TO DATE PLAN NEEDS TO BE INITIATED TO REPLACE IT WITH A SPAN SIMILAR TO THE ONE CURRENTLY BEING UTILIZED FOR THE SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC. TRAFFIC HAS INCREASED TO THE POINT THAT IF IT WERE TO BE OPENED DURING PEAK TRAFFIC HOURS IT WOULD BACK UP TRAFFIC FOR APPROXIMATELY 5+ MILES RESULTING IN A COMPLETE SHUT DOWN OF TRAFFIC IN BRIDGE CITY. IF THE HISTORICAL FOUNDATION WANTS TO KEEP THE BRIDGE IT IS FEASIBLE TO PERMENTLY OPEN THE BRIDGE AND BUILD A NEW ONE OVER THE TOP OF IT. THE OPENED STRUCTURE COULD BECOME A FISHING PIER. THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY COULD BE RELOCATED TO CROSS THE SPANS NEEDING TO BE REMOVED FOR THE NEW BRIDGE SUPPORTS. THIS WOULD SERVE EVERYONES NEEDS.