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Ward Brazos River Bridge

Photos 

Barrel View from North

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #139696

Map 

Description 

The Ward River Bridge is a 787'-0"-long, eleven-span truss bridge crossing the Salt Fork of the Brazos River's wide flood plain. The structure employes eight spans of pin-connected Pratt pony trusses and three spans of riveted and bolted Warren pony trusses. These spans, some or all of which were purchased from another county, reflect the portability of trusses manufactured by bridge companies. It is the only known remaining bridge in Texas employing a combination of Pratt pony and Warren pony spans.

- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Bypassed pony truss bridge over Salt Fork of the Brazos River on FM 350
Location
Stonewall County, Texas
Status
Bypassed by new bridge
History
Built 1935; bypassed 1997
Builders
- H. H. Shadle
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas
Design
Combination of eight pin-connected Pratt pony trusses and three riveted and bolted Warren ponies.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 788.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.30444, -100.34222   (decimal degrees)
33°18'16" N, 100°20'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/375043/3685842 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lovers Resort
Elevation
1670 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 082170AA0109001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42144 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 12/1991)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 22.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
50

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2011: New photos from Linda Thaxton
  • July 25, 2011: Updated by Linda Thaxton: changed road number.
  • May 3, 2009: Updated by Rick Mattioni

Sources 

  • Rick Mattioni
  • HAER TX-67 - Ward Brazos River Bridge, Spanning Salt Fork of Brazos River at County Route, Aspermont vicinity, Stonewall County, TX
  • Linda Thaxton