Texas historic bridges
About Texas historic bridges
Texas has beautiful historic bridges across this state, from metal truss bridges on county roads, to stone masonry bridges built by the Works Progress Administration and more. These structures tell the story of transportation across the state and are cherished by the communities they serve.
- Find historic bridges in your area
- Help update historic bridge information
- Did you know Texas leads the nation in bridge design innovation?
- See how bridge engineers used new technology to change the way bridges were made after WWII
- Learn how bridge design and new technology combined to make one of the biggest bridges in Texas
- Watch how a bridge can create community in unexpected ways.
Adopt a historic bridge
The Historic Bridge Legacy Program makes certain historic bridges available for public use once TxDOT engineers determine the bridges can no longer carry vehicular traffic.Learn how to adopt a historic bridge
A brief history of metal truss bridges in Texas
Metal truss bridges are increasingly old and rare in Texas, though hundreds are now in parks, hike-and-bike trails, or bypassed along the side of the road.
Giving old bridges new life
When historic bridges start aging, some can be rehabilitated for continued use, while others find new life in a park or as pedestrian bridges. Read successful stories below.
Interested in learning more? Want to research bridge history yourself?
- Watch this historic bridge 101 webinar on roles of partners and how they address historic bridges.
- TxDOT’s historic bridge research and documentation guide.
- Historic Bridge Foundation is a national non-profit partnered with TxDOT.
- Texas Historical Commission is our main state agency partner in historic bridges.