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Brushy Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Chris Vreeland

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)


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BH Photo #284619

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Brushy Creek on CR 456
Williamson County, Texas
Repaired and opened October 2019
Built 1912; rehabilitated 2005 & 2019
Pinned Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 136.2 ft.
Total length: 140.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.5 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Secondhand Lions Bridge
Coupland Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.46972, -97.38167   (decimal degrees)
30°28'11" N, 97°22'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/655354/3371948 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
TXNBI 142460AA0410001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 33430 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Built 1912 (870)
Built during 1910s (9,970)
Have street view (28,909)
NR-eligible (4,107)
One-lane traffic (7,835)
Open (40,968)
Owned by county (21,610)
Parker through truss (1,410)
Parker truss (1,805)
Pin-connected (4,697)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,419)
Texas (2,903)
Through truss (16,791)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,186)
Truss (35,468)
Williamson County, Texas (38)
Wooden deck (6,161)

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2021: New photos from Jon Fleenor
  • October 26, 2019: Updated by Philip Walker: As I posted in the forum, the bridge is now open.
  • August 30, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated to closed status per Tom's forum post and also seen in satellite imagery.
  • March 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Pin-connected", added links
  • July 10, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 10, 2011: New photos from Luke Harden



Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 25, 2020, by Jeff W Ebner (JeffEbner24 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is sturdy and open to traffic.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted October 14, 2019, by Philip C Walker (pcwalker [dot] tx [at] gmail [dot] com)

According to this article, it has been reopened!


Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted April 21, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I believe this was the bridge featured at the start of the movie Varsity Blues. The town of Elgin was used as the fictitious town of West Caanan, but other parts were shot around Coupland and likely included this bridge.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted August 29, 2016, by Tom Hoffman

I went to visit this bridge on my Texas trip and found it closed. Don't know why.

Brushy Creek Bridge
Posted March 25, 2011, by Luke (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

This is the bridge used in the movie Secondhand Lions

Photo from 2008 can be seen on this website: http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasHillCountryTowns/Coupland-T...