7 votes

Brackenridge Park Bridge


Side view

Photo taken July 2004 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #108930

Street View 


Lenticular through truss bridge over San Antonio River on Brackenridge Road in San Antonio
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Open to two-lane traffic
Built 1890 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; originally on St Mary Street, relocated to park 1924 (another source says 1937)
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Lenticular through truss
Length of largest span: 92.9 ft.
Total length: 95.1 ft.
Deck width: 28.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Also called
St Mary Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.46306, -98.46889   (decimal degrees)
29°27'47" N, 98°28'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/551498/3259407 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
San Antonio East
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 150150B03825002 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32772 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 37.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 27, 2021: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Bridge is not structurally deficient
  • March 23, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 10, 2012: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • August 7, 2012: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • August 28, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Kizziar

Related Bridges 


  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • HAER TX-103 - Brackenridge Park Bridge, Spanning San Antonio River at Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Christopher Finigan
  • Geoff Hubbs


Brackenridge Park Bridge
Posted January 25, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I also like the San Antonio lenticular bridges because they are among the only historic bridges in all of North America that use more than one paint color on the trusses. This eye-catching technique is more common in England.

Brackenridge Park Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The lower chord eyebars are prevalent in the first 2 panels but are otherwise obscured by the walkways.

Definitely one of the most beautifully ornate parabolic spans remaining!

Brackenridge Park Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The lower chords are lightweight and are not visible in the first photograph. Photograps 2 and 3 reveal them, but in some photographs this bridge just looks like a Parker with vertical endposts.

Brackenridge Park Bridge
Posted January 23, 2012, by Dan Crawford (danpaulcrawford [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Beautiful bridge. Details are unusual. However, I don't see the Lenticular elements. Looks more like a Parker truss to me.