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Montopolis Bridge (1938)


Photo taken by W Schutz


BH Photo #224334

Street View 


Parker through truss bridge over Colorado River on US 183 Southbound Frontage Road in Austin
Austin, Travis County, Texas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1938; closed to vehicles in 2018
- Vincennes Steel Corp. of Vincennes, Indiana
Five riveted, 8-panel Parker through truss main spans with 4 simple steel I-beam approach spans
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 1,221.2 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1996
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.24556, -97.69139   (decimal degrees)
30°14'44" N, 97°41'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/625906/3346719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 142270026501034 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
NRHP 96001118 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 33389 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 68.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected truss type from Camelback to Parker
  • February 25, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 26, 2014: Updated by Larry D. Moore: Added alternate name - Montopolis Bridge
  • September 19, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 28, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 28, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 2, 2012: Updated by W Schutz: Clarified type of truss and added approach span information
  • January 4, 2012: Updated by Jason Straub: added NRHP info
  • August 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Montopolis Bridge
Posted January 16, 2020, by Tom Hoffman

I just saw a youtube video, and then read a article that the Montopolis bridge has been permanently closed to vehicles and will be just used as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. I like to see these bridges open for what they were built for, but traffic is very heavy both ways on this road. This would also increase the longevity of this spectacular bridge. I'm glad I got to ride across this bridge in a car when I was on my Austin trip. A parallel southbound bridge was already built to the west of this bridge and already operating when I was there.