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San Luis Pass Toll Bridge


San Luis Pass Toll Bridge


Photo taken by Larry D. Moore at Wikimedia Commons

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Two lane toll bridge from the less trafficked West end of Galveston Island to San Luis Island in Matagorda County. The bridge is owned by Galveston County and is operated and maintained by (road) Precinct 1. The tolls are all cash. $2.00. It is collected on the Galveston side in both directions.


Concrete stringer bridge over San Luis Pass on Galveston County RD 257
Galveston County, Texas, and Brazoria County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1966
Concrete stringer
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 7,016.4 ft. (1.3 mi.)
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Also called
Galveston-Surfside Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.08194, -95.12228   (decimal degrees)
29°04'55" N, 95°07'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/293428/3218924 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 120850AA0709001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 86512 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 60.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 20, 2020: Updated by Brad Smith: The bridge is NOT private. It is owned by Galveston County.
  • May 13, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • August 25, 2019: Added by Brad Smith


  • Brad Smith - gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted July 19, 2022, by Terry Sheehy (terry [dot] j [dot] sheehy [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am a Viet Nam combat veteran. They let me cross free because I am a veteran.

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted April 19, 2022, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has always been a county toll bridge. We crossed it sometimes when I was a kid, because the beaches on the west (Freeport) side were much less crowded. I think the toll was 50 cents when it first opened.

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted April 15, 2022, by Billy Glad

Has the San Luis Pass Bridge always been a toll bridge? When did they start charging a toll to cross it?

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted December 2, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

If you can identify the culprit he will be swiftly dealt with!

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted December 2, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

El Jeffe,

I'll have a word with him and let him know that you want service with a smile. Be aware, the smile is 50 cents extra; please have the increased toll ready next time you go through and remind the toll taker that you are paying extra for the smile.

Please let us know if you have any further issues.


Art S.

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted December 2, 2021, by Anonymous

We're not a government agency. We can't do anything about it. Complain to TXDOT.

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted December 2, 2021, by El Jeffe (juanhunglo522 [at] mail [dot] com)

Someone at Galveston Co REALLY needs to have a talk with the old TROLL that takes the tolls on the bridge. RUDE, MEAN, UGLY, UNFRIENDLY, just for starters. If he hates his job so much, MAKE HIM FIND A NEW ONE!!!!!!!!!!

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted December 21, 2020, by Wbchloe (whbroadw [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Residents were once promised that the toll would be temporary when it was built when it was paid off but that never happened. In the early 2000's someone crashed through the toll booth and tolls were waived for a couple of years until a new booth was built.

San Luis Pass Toll Bridge
Posted May 14, 2020, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

My family used to hang out on the beach under the Galveston end of this bridge, because the bridge made a great sunshade. If we wanted sunshine, it was just a few feet away.