TxDOT's multi-year planning process for all historic bridges in the state integrates:
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. Details of this planning process are available in the recently revised Historic Bridge Manual.
Metal Truss Bridges
TxDOT plans to host a series of open houses in early summer 2015 focused on historic metal truss bridges. Join TxDOT staff, representatives from the Historic Bridge Foundation and the Texas Historical Commission to discuss options for managing historic metal truss bridges. Please let us know if you would like to be updated as details for the open houses are finalized.
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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.