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Maxdale Road Bridge

Maxdale Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Maxdale Road Over Lampasas River
Location
Rural: Bell County, Texas: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company of Leavenworth, Kansas and Engineer/Design: Hess and Skinner Engineering Company of Dallas, Texas

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
200 Feet (61 Meters)
Structure Length
361 Feet (110 Meters)
Roadway Width
15.4 Feet (4.69 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
90140AA0539001

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Bridge Documentation

This impressive pin-connected Parker truss bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for many years, but recent deck planks added to the bridge in some areas show that it appears to be somewhat maintained for pedestrian use. This is a stark contrast to the many totally abandoned and neglected historic bridges in Texas. The Texas Historical Commission states that Hess and Skinner Engineering Company were agents for the Missouri Valley Bridge Company for this bridge. It is assumed they refer to the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Works. As for Hess and Skinner Engineering Company, little is known about this company except that one of the owners was named Frederick Edward Hess.

Information and Findings From Texas Historical Commission

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In July 1913, the Bell County Commissioners Court, in response to repeated flooding in this area, approved construction of a bridge at this site to provide access to Killeen for residents of the Maxdale Community. Before it was completed, however, the bridge was destroyed in a flood. The Bell County Commissioners Court contracted again with Hess & Skinner Engineers, agents for the Missouri Valley Bridge Company, to build this bridge. Completed in 1914, the Maxdale Bridge employs a Parker truss design, which allows for maximum strength at mid-span. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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