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Rainbow Bridge


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BH Photo #115056

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The Veterans Memorial and Rainbow Bridges over the Neches River

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Through truss bridge over Neches River on Westbound TX 73 in Port Arthur
Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, and Orange County, Texas
Open to traffic
Opened Sept. 8, 1938; parallel bridge built 1991; rehabilitated and reopened to northbound traffic in 1998
- Ash, Howard, Needles, & Tammen of Kansas City, Missouri
- George Wickline of the Texas Highway Department's Bridge Division
- Taylor-Fichter Steel Construction Co. of New York, New York
- Texas Highway Department
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Cantilevered Warren through and deck truss
Length of largest span: 680.2 ft.
Total length: 7,741.5 ft. (1.5 mi.)
Deck width: 22.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Also called
Port Arthur-Orange Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.98000, -93.87111   (decimal degrees)
29°58'48" N, 93°52'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/415964/3316888 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 96001127 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 201240030603015 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33135 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 23, 2022: New video from Brian R. Warren
  • February 9, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 5, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 26, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 2, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • September 21, 2011: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • June 10, 2008: New photos from Historic American Engineering Record

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