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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. Details of this planning process are available in the recently revised Historic Bridge Manual.

Metal Truss Bridges

TxDOT plans to host a series of open houses in early summer 2015 focused on historic metal truss bridges. Join TxDOT staff, representatives from the Historic Bridge Foundation and the Texas Historical Commission to discuss options for managing historic metal truss bridges. Please take our three-question survey about public input.

Open Houses on Metal Truss Bridges

Share your story! Bring your family photographs, newspaper articles or other items related to Texas' metal truss bridges to our open house. We will scan your items for archiving into the history collections of a local library and the Texas Historical Commission.

Metal Truss Toolkits for Local Governments Format
After Bridge Inspections
After Floods
After Impact Damage
After Vandalism
Best Maintenance Practices

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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