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Oak Forest Bridge

Oak Forest Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): C. Hanchey, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/

Bridge Documented: August 8, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Kerr Creek
Gonzales: Gonzales County, Texas: United States
Structure Type
Metal 8 Panel Pin-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Ottumwa Bridge Company of Ottumwa, Iowa

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
140 Feet (42.67 Meters)
Structure Length
176 Feet (53.64 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.8 Feet (4.51 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was relocated from CR-143 over the Guadalupe River (29.487778, -97.586944) to its location here on a pedestrian trail over Kerr Creek in Gonzales. The total length of the bridge in its original location was 360 feet thanks to two Pratt truss approach spans which were not relocated. Instead, a modern steel stringer span at each end provides an approach in the new location.

Text From Bridge Interpretive Plaque

In October 1913, Gonzales County commissioners contracted with A.A. Alsbury & Company to construct a bridge over the Guadalupe River. Completed by February 1914, it connected the rural communities of Oak Forest and Monthalia, both established in the 19th century. A.A. Alsbury & Company utilized a Parker through truss design of the Ottumwa Bridge Company of Iowa for the bridge, which was originally 140 feet long and included Pratt trusses on either side of the main span. The Texas Department of Transportation relocated the main span to this site above Kerr Creek in 2004, and it now serves as an element of the community's trail system and as a reminder of early transportation. (2005)


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