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Three Sisters Railroad Bridge (West)

Photos 

Photo provided by Ann Keen

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BH Photo #349111

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over West Fork Trinity River on BNSF Railway
Location
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement unless a new owner and home for the bridge can be found.
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF)
Design
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 

  • March 8, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • February 28, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • February 24, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • February 21, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • February 17, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • 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

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Comments 

Three Sisters Railroad Bridge (West)
Posted February 25, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

if so im buying it and finding a place for it later

Three Sisters Railroad Bridge (West)
Posted February 24, 2022, by Mark Gonzalez (markgonzalez0619 [at] gmail [dot] com)

What do you mean by $500,000 is available?? The railroad will pay me that to relocate it anywhere?

Three Sisters Railroad Bridge (West)
Posted February 24, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

replacing it with a generic pony plate girder. i have to go back and get pictures again

Three Sisters Railroad Bridge (West)
Posted February 24, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is the doomed bridge I was thinking of. $500,000 is available to anyone willing to relocate this bridge however. Renderings of the replacement are attached.

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.