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Suwannee Springs Bridge

Suwannee Springs Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 16, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-129 (Abandoned Alignment, 93rd Drive) Over Suwannee River
Location
Suwannee Springs: Suwannee County, Florida and Hamilton County, Florida: United States
Structure Type
Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Austin Bridge Company of Dallas, Texas

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
160 Feet (48.8 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge includes a traditional riveted through truss main span and a long series of concrete t-beam approach spans at the eastern end of the bridge. The bridge was bypassed and abandoned in 1971, but remains accessible for pedestrians. The bridge retains good historic integrity. Original metal railings remain on the truss spans, and original concrete railings on the t-beam spans.

Given span length is an estimate.

The descendent of the company that built this bridge remains in business as Austin Bridge and Road. Their official website provides the following company history:

Austin Industries was founded by Charles. R. Moore in 1918. But the Austin name first became known in the Texas bridge building field when George Austin came to Dallas in 1889 as an agent for the George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. His brother, Frank, joined him in 1894, and they formed Austin Brothers Bridge Company. In 1918, Charles Moore purchased the contracting part of the company when the Austin brothers wanted to focus primarily on bridge fabrication. Moore dropped Brothers from the name in 1924. The company became known as Austin Bridge Company and Associated Companies until 1974 when the parent company, Austin Industries, was formed. Since then, Austin Industries has continued to enter diverse markets. It entered the commercial construction field in 1975 when Austin Commercial was established. In 1983, Austin Industrial was formed to meet the growing maintenance and construction needs of the petrochemical, power and manufacturing industries. Austin Bridge merged with two other operating companies, Austin Paving and Austin Road, in the late 1980s.

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