If you traveled along a local Texas road in the late 19th and early 20th century, you would more than likely come upon a new metal truss bridge spanning a creek or stream. These strong and inexpensive bridges were built by the hundreds in Texas, promising a safe crossing to continue your journey.
Flash forward to today, when current traffic needs, safety concerns and deterioration continue to push these historic metal truss bridges out of vehicular service. To limit the losses, TxDOT is developing a management plan for about 130 survivors in cooperation with the Texas Historical Commission and Historic Bridge Foundation.
“We need your feedback,” noted Bruce Jensen, TxDOT’s Cultural Resource Management Director. “TxDOT only manages about 15% of these historic trusses; with the balance owned by local governments. We hope county judges and commissioners, historical societies, and other interested folks will join the conversation online or at one of our upcoming open houses. We believe it is critical that these decisions include opinions that reflect local priorities.”
The Abilene open house will be held:
Tuesday, August 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Elks Arts Center Ballroom
1174 North First Street at Cedar, Abilene, Texas.
Additionally, we encourage participants to bring photographs, articles, and other materials related to historic bridges to these open hosues. Materials will be scanned for inclusion in the THC archives and a local history collection, with the originals returned to their owners.
More information about the open houses and the overall project is on TxDOT’s website:
Media: Contact TxDOT Cultural Resources Management Director Bruce Jensen, at (512) 416-2628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.