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US281 Brazos River Bridge



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Through truss bridge over Brazos River on US 281
Palo Pinto County, Texas
Closed, but being rehabilitated with new deck and paint and will re-open for vehicular traffic in Spring 2019
Built 1939, Closed ca. 2016.
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Brown & Root Inc. of Houston, Texas
Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 252.0 ft.
Total length: 1,138.2 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1996
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.64139, -98.10028   (decimal degrees)
32°38'29" N, 98°06'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/584388/3611889 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brazos East
780 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 021820025002018 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 96001126 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 33306 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 42.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 13, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge has been closed.
  • April 11, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Updated to Poly Warren all verts-continuous-added approaches
  • February 23, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: added NRHP info


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com


US281 Brazos River Bridge
Posted September 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore (lmoore7 [at] austin [dot] rr [dot] com)

Talked with a spokesman for TxDOT who relayed that the old bridge is being rehabilitated with a new deck and paint and will re-open for south bound traffic in Spring of 2019.

Brazos River Bridge
Posted November 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have been trying to find out. Texas has a great reputation for preservation, so I suspect that preservation of this NRHP listed structure is likely.

I drove across it a few times in past years, but I saw it today for the first time in a while. I was surprised to see the new bridge in place.

Brazos River Bridge
Posted November 13, 2016, by Todd Walker (Twalk4567 [at] aol [dot] com )

Are they gonna knock it down or preserve it for pedestrians

Brazos River Bridge
Posted November 13, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been closed to traffic. The new bridge is open.