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Texas Historic Bridges

Piano Bridge, Fayette County, TexasTxDOT's multi-year planning process for all historic bridges in the state integrates:

  • Public engagement opportunities, and
  • Bridge management planning efforts to develop and demonstrate effective strategies to retain historic bridges as viable assets open to vehicular traffic or repurposed for new uses

Challenges for historic bridges include new demands driven by evolving economic development needs, changing population in rural areas and demands on public funding. TxDOT strives to involve many points of view in efforts to assess and plan for a historic bridge’s potential future.

Sometimes a bridge can be successfully rehabbed for ongoing vehicular service, such as the recent Piano Bridge project completed in partnership with Fayette County. Sometimes a bridge can be successfully adapted for a new use, such as San Antonio’s Hays Street bridge adaption as a hike-and-bike facility.

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After Bridge Inspections
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Postwar Historic Bridges

More than 100 of these bridges are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for their historic and engineering significance.

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