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Texas Historic Bridges

During summer 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and Historic Bridge Foundation (HBF), will conduct a series of open houses to discuss treatment plans for mid-20th century historic bridges in Texas.

TxDOT, THC and HBF have been working over the past several years to determine which bridges in Texas built between 1945 and 1965 are the most significant. More than 100 of these bridges have been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) for their historic and engineering significance.

Treatment Plan

Through a Programmatic Agreement, TxDOT, THC, HBF and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) agreed to seek the public’s opinion regarding the proposed treatment plan for NRHP-eligible post-1945 bridges. This plan divides the bridges into three groups based on their relative historic and/or engineering significance. This approach would dictate the type of compliance and mitigation that TxDOT would be required to complete if any future projects would result in adverse effects to the NRHP-eligible post-1945 bridges. The three groups are detailed below:

  • Group One:
    Bridges requiring TxDOT’s full compliance and mitigation under federal law

  • Group Two:
    Bridges receiving programmatic mitigation under this public involvement effort and no further mitigation is required under federal law

  • Group Three:
    Bridges for which existing documentation is sufficient mitigation for any future adverse effects

Get Involved

The purpose of the summer 2014 open houses is to provide information about how TxDOT determined NRHP eligibility for the post-1945 bridges and to gain feedback on the proposed treatment plan. If you cannot make an open house, please email a comment.

City Date Description
Galveston 08/14/14 Open House
Grapevine 08/05/14 Open House
New Braunfels 07/29/14 Open House


Historically Significant Bridges (Post-1945)

Contact Us

Maryellen Russo
Environmental Consultant
(512) 264-1095
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