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UP - US79 Business Overpass

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U.S. 79 Business M. K. & T. Railroad Underpass

Photo taken by Larry D. Moore in August 2018

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #433807

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Overview
Bridge over US 79 Business on Union Pacific Railroad (Nee Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway)
Location
Taylor, Williamson County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1939
Builder
- L. H. Lacy Co. of Dallas, Texas
Railroads
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 53.2 ft.
Total length: 137.1 ft.
Also called
MKT - US79 Overpass
M. K. & T. R. R. Underpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.57122, -97.40326   (decimal degrees)
30°34'16" N, 97°24'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/653121/3383169 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
540 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 142460020404050 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 81738 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2018: Updated by Larry D. Moore: Add builder and alt. name
  • June 1, 2018: New Street View added by David Backlin

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UP - US79 Business Overpass
Posted October 8, 2019, by Philip Walker (pcwalker [dot] tx [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is one tough bridge. I've been on it on the train and walked under it many times. There's old photos shortly after construction of US 79 which show this bridge. I'll try to find them later. I've witnessed it being hit twice. Once by a backhoe on a trailer and a camper. The camper itself didn't sustain any damage, but it ripped the air conditioner clean off.