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Burr's Ferry Bridge

Burr's Ferry Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 11, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
TX-63 and LA-8 (Nolan Trace) Over Sabine River
Location
Rural: Newton County, Texas and Vernon Parish, Louisiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: William Horace Williams Company of New Orleans, Louisiana and Engineer/Design: Louisiana Highway Commission

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
250 Feet (76 Meters)
Structure Length
1,882 Feet (574 Meters)
Roadway Width
23.6 Feet (7.19 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 36 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
201760021404005

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Bridge Documentation

The bridge features a large central main span, flanked by a single smaller Parker truss on either side. The remaining numerous spans are concrete girder spans. For this state line bridge, the Louisiana Highway Commission took the lead in designing the bridge, and based the bridge design off of their standard plans. However Texas did review and provide comment to the plans as they were developed. Thanks to input from Texas, originally proposed steel stringer spans were changed in the plans to the 120 foot Parker truss spans seen flanking the main span.

In 2019 it was observed that the approach span piers were being replaced with new piers. One of the piers for the main span has also been greatly expanded and strengthened. Despite these improvements, the bridge is ultimately slated for demolition and replacement, which will be a devastating loss for this region which has very few  notable historic bridges.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
31.064365,-93.519451

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