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Belknap Street Viaduct

Photos 

West End, 3/4 View From Sw

Photo taken by Joseph Eliott for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #242005

Map 

Description 

This example of an early 1930s concrete viaduct serves as a major gateway to Fort Worth and is an important work of Dallas bridge designer F.D. Hughes. -- Historic American Engineering Record _______________________________

The Belknap Street Viaduct was replaced in 2000, but TxDOT design engineers were again able to retain some of the character of the old bridge such as decorative railings and period lighting. - - Texas Department of Transportation.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over BNSF, UP and Southern Pacific Railroads on Belknap Street
Location
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1934
Builders
- F. D. Hughes of Dallas, Texas (Designer)
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Works of Roanoke, Virginia (Steel Fabricator) [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Oklahoma, Kansas & Texas Railroad (OKT)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 1,140.1 ft.
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.76167, -97.32167   (decimal degrees)
32°45'42" N, 97°19'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/657212/3626112 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Haltom City
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 022200008101048 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 54166 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/1991)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 64.3 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1990)
41,000

Update Log 

  • October 29, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Bridge replaced in 2000 by Texas Department of Transportation
  • October 26, 2012: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER TX-49 - Belknap Street Viaduct, Spanning BNSF, SP & UP Railroads at Belknap Street (U.S. Route 377), Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX
  • M C Toyer - mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com