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US 83 Bridge at Salt Fork Red River - Construction Options

The table below explains construction options for repairs to the US 83 bridge that spans the Salt Fork Red River, which is in critical need of repair. The truss bridge, built in 1939, is near the site of a famous 1933 showdown between lawmen and outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Option Cost Impact Issues
No action $0
  • Does not meet project goals
  • Detours will increase costs for oversized vehicles
  • Increased deterioration of FM roads on detour
  • Bridge will continue to deteriorate

  • Structure closed to all traffic
  • May not be used by large vehicles
  • Limited room to turn into park by large vehicles
  • Two-way traffic on a bridge designed for one-way traffic
  • Pedestrian risk
Rehabilitate bridge $9.6 million
  • Does not meet project goals
  • Very expensive
  • Removes historic features such as approach spans and railings
  • Bridge would remain deficient
  • Prevents two-lane traffic and heavy loads
  • Safety hazard
Widen southbound bridge and rehabilitate historic bridge for pedestrians $6.3 million
  • Meets project goals
  • Removes historic features such as approach spans and railings
  • Very expensive
  • Impacts bird habitat, which may limit construction season

  • Safety concerns with unexpected reverse curves and no median
  • Safety risk to construction workers
Widen southbound bridge and close historic bridge $4.9 million
  • Meets project goals
  • Removes historic features such as approach spans and railings
  • More expensive
  • Impacts bird habitat, which may limit construction season
  • Safety concerns with unexpected reverse curves and no median
  • Safety risk to construction workers


Widen southbound bridge and rehabilitate historic bridge for by-pass $7.3 million
  • Meets project goals
  • Removes historic features such as approach spans and railings
  • Very expensive
  • Impacts bird habitat, which may limit construction season

  • Safety concerns with unexpected reverse curves and no median
  • Safety risk to construction workers


Replace historic bridge $4.5 million
  • Meets project goals
  • Removes historic bridge
  • Impacts bird habitat, which may limit construction season
  • None