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Smothers Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Kevin Dellaria in October 2011


BH Photo #218261



Through truss bridge over Smothers Creek on CR 183
Lavaca County, Texas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1930
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.45972, -97.04583   (decimal degrees)
29°27'35" N, 97°02'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/689506/3260510 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 131430AA0102004 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33192 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.8 (out of 100)
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Built 1930 (1,754)
Built during 1930s (11,800)
Lavaca County, Texas (21)
Lost (25,260)
One-lane traffic (7,618)
Owned by county (20,941)
Pratt through truss (5,457)
Pratt truss (9,394)
Replaced by new bridge (17,002)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,412)
Texas (2,485)
Through truss (15,279)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,195)
Truss (33,131)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2020: Updated by Nathan Holth: Demolished and replaced.
  • July 2, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • October 21, 2011: New photos from Kevin Dellaria



Smothers Creek Bridge
Posted April 11, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

As they say, "Follow the money". It would be interesting to see who makes the money from the scrap sale and how they got that right.

Smothers Creek Bridge
Posted April 11, 2020, by Jason Roberts (starskytorino72 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was sitting on temporary K-rails for the work that they had planned to do to it. Unfortunately, they decided to cut it up rather than move it somewhere for foot traffic or sell it to a bridge restorer. It just infuriates me when history gets tossed into the trash!

Smothers Creek Bridge
Posted July 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It's a good sign that they actually poured a foundation to set it on... Looks like they have a plan for it!

Smothers Creek Bridge
Posted July 28, 2019, by Jason Roberts (starskytorino72 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Some pictures I took the evening of July 14, 2019. The old bridge is sitting next to the road, and the new bridge completed. If anyone finds out what the fate of the old bridge will be, please post it here. Hopefully it will be moved to a local public park, etc.

Smothers Creek Bridge
Posted July 6, 2019, by Jason Roberts (starskytorino72 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I always loved this bridge and how the woods were up close to it and reached over it, almost like a tunnel. My wife and I took our engagement photos on it, and I got some nice photos of my truck and Mustang on it. I'm not sure what will happen to the old structure now that it has been removed and a concrete bridge has been installed in its place. The iron is currently sitting in a field next to the new bridge. Sad to see it removed.

Smothers Creek Bridge
Posted June 20, 2017, by William R. Smothers (wd5fdu [at] cvctx [dot] com)

We visited Smothers Creek Bridge today after seeing the article in the Hallettsville paper. This bridge and the creek are named after my ancestor so it was a meaningful experience for me. I believe the creek was named after William Smothers and there is a roadside sign in his honor a few miles south of Hallettsville on Hwy. 77.