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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. We will be sharing success stories on the link below. Details of this planning process are available in the recently revised Historic Bridge Manual.

Metal Truss Bridges

The latest Texas Historic Bridges Newsletter from the Metal Truss Bridges effort includes details about a free webinar hosted by TxDOT, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Historic Bridge Foundation (HBF) that will address concerns, educate on how to navigate the process and to help you consider what your options are.

TxDOT hosted four open houses throughout the summer of 2015 to educate the public on problems affecting truss bridges and provide possible solutions. This public involvement process gathered public input and was an important first step toward developing a statewide management plan for these historic structures.

More details about the open houses are available in the special edition of the Texas Historic Bridges Newsletter.

Metal Truss Bridges Virtual Open House

If you missed the open houses, you can still participate in the virtual open house until Sept. 30, 2015.

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.