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Three Sisters Railroad Bridge (West)


Photo provided by Ann Keen


BH Photo #349111


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over West Fork Trinity River on BNSF Railway
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Open to traffic
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Pratt through truss
Also called
BNSF - West Fork Trinity River Bridge (West)
BNSF Bridge 348.57
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.78421, -97.33666   (decimal degrees)
32°47'03" N, 97°20'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/655768/3628589 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Haltom City
Inventory number
BH 61902 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2016: Updated by Luke: Merged magery + info posted to the forum by Ann Keen
  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Luke


  • Luke


BNSF Bridge 348.57 (Fort Worth, Texas)
Posted February 19, 2016, by Ann Keen (ann [dot] keen [at] hdrinc [dot] com)

The purpose of this posting is to solicit comments from the public on the proposed replacement of the BNSF bridge over the West Fork and its potential impact on historic properties. All comments must be received by February 29, 2016 in order to be taken into consideration.

BNSF is proposing to replace its bridge at Mile Post 348.57, which is the westernmost of the “Three Sisters” rail bridges over the West Fork of the Trinity River near Samuels Avenue in Fort Worth. The area of potential effects (APE) is a one-quarter mile radius around the bridge, which incorporates both direct and indirect (visual) effects. Within this APE, there are four historic resources eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP): the three rail bridges (including BNSF Bridge 348.57) and the Fort Worth Floodway.

Regarding BNSF Bridge 348.57, this resource would be subject to adverse effect, as the undertaking includes demolition of the existing bridge.

Regarding the two rail bridges east of BNSF Bridge 348.57, their character-defining features that make them eligible for the NRHP would remain unaffected. While the undertaking will impact their viewshed, their viewshed is not what makes them eligible.

Regarding the Fort Worth Floodway, the undertaking will not impact any character-defining features of the resource (levee system with associated dams, sumps, sluices, and water gauges). The 1995 reconstruction of the Samuels Avenue Bridge just west of BNSF Bridge 348.57 represents a recent project that did not adversely affect the NRHP eligibility of the Floodway.

All public comments received by February 29, 2016 will be considered in developing an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission and other agencies to mitigate the loss of the bridge.

If you would like more information on the project and its potential impact on historic properties, please contact Ann Keen, architectural historian at HDR, Inc., at ann.keen@hdrinc.com Thank you.