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KCS - TX87 Overprass


Photo taken by Patrick Feller

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Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Texas State Highway 87 on Kansas City Southern Railway Co.
Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1973
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Pony plate girder
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 154.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.87568, -93.95040   (decimal degrees)
29°52'32" N, 93°57'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/408220/3305389 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Arthur North
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 201240030701015 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 60748 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2022: Updated by Dave King: Imported most recent NBI data
  • April 22, 2014: Added by Patrick Feller



KCS - TX87 Overprass
Posted March 30, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

i prefer when bridges are like this as opposed to being repainted. but paint helps preserve the bridge longer. in my opinion almost every metal bridge should be painted like this

KCS - TX87 Overprass
Posted March 30, 2022, by Leslie McMahen (lmcmahen [at] gt [dot] rr [dot] com)

Te KCS bride over TX Hwy 87 in west Port Arthur was built in the late 1960s or early 1970s when Port Arthur did a massive overhaul of the "west side" of town and had to have an unrestricted access for Hwy 87 "across" the KCS tracks.

Sadly, despite several attempts by the City to get KCS to repaint the bridge, it has not been painted since it was first installed. It used to be nice silver color, now more rust than silver. But the bridge is in no danger of collapse since it is constructed of thick steel. It is used daily by KCS trains going to and from their large yard in Port Arthur.

KCS - TX87 Overprass
Posted January 12, 2017, by Ian (ian [dot] m [dot] lacour [at] gmail [dot] com)

Despite its appearance, that overpass is used several times per day by KCS. Its the major thoroughfare to the Port of Port Arthur. Thanks and have a great day!