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Harkeyville Bridge


CR 204 San Saba River Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2009


BH Photo #144750


Pratt through truss bridge over San Saba River on CR 204 near Harkeyville.
San Saba County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1891 by the King Bridge Company; Rehabilitated 2010.
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
7-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 137.1 ft.
Total length: 174.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
San Saba River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.21797, -98.79687   (decimal degrees)
31°13'05" N, 98°47'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/519348/3453776 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 232060AA0262001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33365 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 49 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,790)
Built 1891 (247)
Built during 1890s (3,240)
King Bridge Co. (447)
NR-eligible (4,115)
One-lane traffic (7,941)
Open (41,023)
Owned by county (21,665)
Pin-connected (4,924)
Pratt through truss (6,148)
Pratt truss (10,432)
San Saba County, Texas (13)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,469)
Texas (2,989)
Through truss (17,377)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,270)
Truss (36,155)

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2009: New photos from C Hanchey



San Saba River Bridge
Posted July 27, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

I dig the infinity symbol portals.

San Saba River Bridge
Posted July 27, 2012, by Jamie Griffin (my1967firebird [at] gmail [dot] com)

This beautiful bridge will be restored...look for construction to begin within next several months. As for the date of construction, unfortunately documentation of these bridges is difficult. Best information(based on similar construction) indicates the truss was built sometime between about 1890-1910. Since these bridges were usually purchased by the county, the records for actual date of construction would be found there.

San Saba River Bridge
Posted March 8, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Sufficiency rating is a complex equation that takes into account a bunch of things including roadway alignment, roadway width. Actual bridge condition is only one factor. One of the most pointless parts of the equation is that a metal truss bridge is automatically deducted points for being a metal truss bridge, because they are fracture critical. I say this is pointless because a fracture critical bridge is perfectly safe and sufficient if maintained correctly.

San Saba River Bridge
Posted March 8, 2012, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is an example of why I can't understand bridge ratings. Satisfactory, fair, fair = structurally deficient? Fifty cars a day and it gets 16.5 sufficiency rating? What is 'sufficient' for 50 crossings a day? I wonder, about so many things...

San Saba River Bridge
Posted March 6, 2012, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey Tom, I am having trouble in the Project Tracker at TxDOT identifying this bridge as a project. I also am looking for a couple of others that I was told about. Can you help. Julie

San Saba River Bridge
Posted March 6, 2012, by Tony Dillon (Spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Glad to hear this news as this is a beautiful bridge. I hope they research it as part of the rehabilitation, as I'm positive they will find it to be much older than what is listed.

San Saba River Bridge
Posted March 6, 2012, by Tom Schwerdt

Major refurbishment is planned.

San Saba River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has some beautiful portal details. I question the 1910 date listed, as this span looks more akin to a ca. 1890 span.