Photo taken by Linda Thaxton in July 2011
BH Photo #205990
On the last day of February 1896, the court awarded a $4370.00 contract for a Truss Suspension Combination Bridge to the Flinn-Moyer Bridge Company of Weatherford, Texas. The commissioners also
appointed Judge Matthews to superintend the construction of the bridge. The most striking modification made by the Austin Bridge Company in 1926 was to the tripod towers. The company's engineers encased the towers in obelisks of concrete. Two 3/4" square rods were added to convert the triangular base to a rectangle. The entire framework of pipes and square rods was hooped in wire before the concrete was poured. The Austin Bridge Company added an entirely new cable to the bridge. The company constructed new cable anchors and added a bundle ofNo. 9 gauge galvanized wires about eight inches in circumference. The original and new wire bundles were banded together between the saddles. Based on a comparison with the turnbuckles of the lower lateral bracing preserved on the approach spans, the current hangers are almost certainly replacements. The entire center-span deck was also replaced by the Austin Bridge Company. Standard 10" I-beams with 3/4" lateral cross-bracing rods support the wooden deck (Figure 6). A railing made of angles and channels, with little apparent stiffening capacity, replaced the Howe pipe
truss (Figure 7). Rather, the deck was stiffened with the substitution of two 12" x 3" steel channels for the outermost wooden deck stringers. Two 18"-wide embossed steel plate runners were installed to reduce deck maintenance costs. The Austin Bridge Company also reinforced the approach spans. The pipe bents were strengthened with two 10" I-beam posts and two 8" channels placed parallel to the original deck beam pipe.
There is a sign at the east end of the bridge that says the bridge is closed to all truck traffic. Foot traffic is allowable. The bridge is very overgrown with tree limbs on it.
- Wire suspension bridge over Clear Fork Brazos River
- Shackelford County, Texas
- Closed to all traffic
- Built 1896. Remodeled in 1926 by Austin Bridge Co.
- - Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia (Rebuild)
- Flinn-Moyer Bridge Co. of Weatherford, Texas
- Catenary Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 312.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
- Also called
- Clear Fork Brazos River Suspension Bridge CR 179
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +32.92137, -99.16787 (decimal degrees)
32°55'17" N, 99°10'04" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/484304/3642582 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Fort Griffin
- Inventory number
- BH 49230 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- April 29, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Wooden deck"
- April 29, 2017: New photos from Dwayne Dove
- March 30, 2013: New photo from John Albert Fehr
- March 8, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builders to the prexisting category. "deleted" the new category.
- March 8, 2013: Updated by aaron leibold: added details of construction/remodeling
- July 28, 2011: Added by Linda Thaxton
- Linda Thaxton
- aaron leibold - aaron [dot] mightypenguin [at] gmail [dot] com
- Dwayne Dove