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Bevil Jarrel Memorial Bridge


Photo taken by Patrick Feller

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This bridge is only one of three examples of the T22-200 standard bridge design surviving in Texas.


Through truss bridge over San Jacinto River on US 59 Northbound Frontage Road in Houston
Houston, Harris County, Texas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1931, Converted to pedestrian use 2007.
- Houston Structural Steel Co. of Houston, Texas (Fabricator)
- Standard Construction Co. of Houston, Texas (Contractor)
Riveted Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 1,498.1 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1996
Also called
TX35 - San Jacinto River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.02742, -95.25782   (decimal degrees)
30°01'39" N, 95°15'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/282270/3323971 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 121020017706027 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 96001110 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 33087 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2021: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Added NRHP data
  • May 6, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builders, changed name, noted that the bridge is open to pedestrians
  • July 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added minor info
  • April 19, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type.



Bevil Jarrel Memorial Bridge
Posted April 7, 2020, by Betsy Fontenot (betsyfontenot [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was in 4th grade we moved to Kingwood in 1980. Not unlike every teenager, we thought Kingwood was "boring, etc." but one of the things we loved doing in high school, was to gather under the bridges (US59 aka I69 have had at least 2 highway lanes in both directions running right next to this San Jacinto crossing. The bridge had section of the roadway wash away in the flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Allison. The powers that be, chose to build new motor vehicle crossing right beside the Bevel Jarrel but managed to save the old bridge, turning it into a pedestrian bridge. The new nature trail another post mentions I believe is finished, the initial 40 mile section, that is.. Love this newly discovered website! Thanks!

San Jacinto River Bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Chris Litherland (photolitherland [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember when we first moved to the crappy suburb of Kingwood that we used to cross this bridge until it was closed around 2000 or so. It still stands and Harris County is buying up land along Spring Creek and is making the Spring Creek Greenway. If they ever finish buying the land, a new hike and bike trail is going to be built along the entire expanse which will be all the way from this bridge, to the Woodlands almost 40 miles away. This bridge will be the starting point for the trail and already has lights and a new ramp built up to it in anticipation of the trail being started. Im so glad they didnt tear down this wonderful bridge and was quite surprised someone had the foresight to preserve it.

San Jacinto River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2010, by Kerry Kirkley (kerry [at] doublekproductions [dot] com)

As a young boy, we traveled across this bridge many times as we made our way to Nacogdoches from Houston. I also remember traveling across the bridge on our way to fishing the San Jacinto River. We fished and camped at MaeDans.

I'm happy to see it being saved even during urban sprawl.

San Jacinto River Bridge
Posted October 4, 2008, by James gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

I saw this bridge last week traveling for work. It is still standing, and in use.

San Jacinto River Bridge
Posted February 5, 2008, by Dan Webb (danwebb2008 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Back in 1996, I wrote a letter to the Humble City Council and the Texas Department of Transportation to help save the bridge from being torn down to make room for the newly created Interstate 69. I am proud to see that this bridge still stands tall.