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Graustark Street Overpass


Photo taken by Patrick Feller

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Street View 


Steel through arch bridge over US59 on Graustark Street
Houston, Harris County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 2005
Steel through arch
Span length: 214.9 ft.
Total length: 214.9 ft.
Deck width: 27.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.73139, -95.39444   (decimal degrees)
29°43'53" N, 95°23'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/268407/3291422 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 121020002713324 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 54385 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2016)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 81.3 (out of 100)
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Arch (12,650)
Built 2005 (85)
Built during 2000s (725)
Harris County, Texas (129)
Have street view (28,892)
Houston, Texas (88)
Modern (2,672)
Open (40,968)
Owned by state (16,553)
Span length 175-250 feet (2,058)
Steel through arch (216)
Texas (2,902)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,473)
US 59 (50)

Update Log 

  • November 9, 2012: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke


Graustark Street Bridge
Posted November 12, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

All the bridges that the steel arches replaced were ca. 1961 steel stringers.

Graustark Street Bridge
Posted November 12, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Assuming the bridge did not replace a historic old bridge, I applaud the construction of aesthetic bridges on freeways. However, I see the philosophy of the Merritt Parkway will not be revived here. Rather than have each overpass be something unique, I see this steel arch design is duplicated numerous times on this freeway. Also I should note there may be a functional purpose to the steel arches. This freeway appears to lack room for a median pier, and the depth of the depressed freeway would limit the depth of beam/girder bridges. The arch solves this problem by putting the structure above the roadway.

Graustark Street Bridge
Posted November 12, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is indeed a rather unique span!

I especially like the huge globes on the end. I wonder if these are meant to serve as finials...

Graustark Street Bridge
Posted November 12, 2012, by Anonymous

Now this is a neat bridge. Sure it is moderne, but it arrived on scene with some assembly required. Good find, Luke. I will not even think about using my famous line on this bridge.