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McQueeney Bridge

McQueeney Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 6, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Bridge Road Over Guadalupe River
Location
McQueeney: Guadalupe County, Texas: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Pin-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1906 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
200 Feet (61 Meters)
Structure Length
500 Feet (152 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

With its rare combination of pin-connected spans, this bridge's use came to an end when someone crashed into the sway bracing, severely damaging the bridge. The bottom portion of the sway bracing at one panel is missing, and at this panel point, the entire deck has been lifted up, and the vertical members have been broken. Some of the vertical members broke at locations where repairs had been previously made. Despite this damage, the bridge is an extremely rare example of a large-scale pin-connected truss bridge featuring two different through truss designs, including a rare Pennsylvania through truss main span, plus a Pratt through truss span at each end. There also are a number of steel stringer approach spans. Also extremely rare are the steel brands on some of the members. They read "R. S. Co. 1906" which is assumed to refer to Republic Steel, which is already a rare name to find, but the 1906 referencing the roll date for the steel is unheard of. American mills did not normally roll dates into structural steel. Usually the only steel that bears dates is railroad rails.

 

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