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What's Happening To Texas' Metal Truss Bridges

This metal truss bridge in Williamson County is no longer used for vehicle traffic.
This metal truss bridge in Williamson County is no longer used for vehicle traffic.

From the Texas Standard.

As recently as 1989 there were almost 1,300  metal truss bridges in the state. Now,  we’re down to around 130 — just 10 percent of what we had 25 years ago.

Metal truss bridges  were built in Texas by the hundreds in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were relatively inexpensive to put up and their strength and beauty came from  the metal design reaching up on either side of the bridge.In the heartbreaking romance "Bridges of Madison County," Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep  fall in love while tracking down Iowa’s covered bridges. Those are the kind of old truss bridges Paul Pape remembers fondly from growing up in Indiana. 

 

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