+32.64164, -98.10024
32°38'30" N, 98°06'01" W


Source: National Bridge Inventory. Information not verified; use at your own risk.
Name:US 281 over BRAZOS RIVER
Structure number:021820025002018
Location:2.2 MI N OF IH20
Purpose:Carries highway over waterway
Route classification:Minor Arterial (Rural) [06]
Length of largest span:252.0 ft. [76.8 m]
Total length:1138.2 ft. [346.9 m]
Roadway width between curbs:24.0 ft. [7.3 m]
Deck width edge-to-edge:28.9 ft. [8.8 m]
Vertical clearance above deck:14.4 ft. [4.4 m]
Owner:State Highway Agency [01]
Year built:1939
Historic significance:Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places [1]
Design load:M 18 / H 20 [4]
Number of main spans:3
Main spans material:Steel continuous [4]
Main spans design:Truss - Thru [10]
Deck type:Concrete Cast-in-Place [1]
Wearing surface:Bituminous [6]

Latest Available Inspection: March 2015

Good/Fair/Poor Condition:Fair
Status:Open, no restriction [A]
Average daily traffic:3,520 [as of 2013]
Truck traffic:12% of total traffic
Deck condition:Fair [5 out of 9]
Superstructure condition:Fair [5 out of 9]
Substructure condition:Fair [5 out of 9]
Structural appraisal:Somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is [5]
Deck geometry appraisal:Basically intolerable requiring high priority of replacement [2]
Water adequacy appraisal:Superior to present desirable criteria [9]
Roadway alignment appraisal:Equal to present desirable criteria [8]
Channel protection:Bank is beginning to slump. River control devices and embankment protection have widespread minor damage. There is minor stream bed movement evident. Debris is restricting the channel slightly. [6]
Scour condition:Bridge foundations determined to be stable for the assessed or calculated scour condition. [8]
Operating rating:35.6 tons [32.4 metric tons]
Inventory rating:26.7 tons [24.3 metric tons]
Sufficiency rating:42.3
Recommended work:Replacement of bridge or other structure because of substandard load carrying capacity or substantial bridge roadway geometry. [31]
Estimated cost of work:$4,864,000

Previous Inspections

DateSuff. RatingConditionDeckSuperstructureSubstructureSD/FOADT
March 201542.3FairFairFairFairFO3520
March 201344.0FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3000
March 201149.5FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3900
March 200949.5FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3900
February 200746.3FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3000
March 200546.3FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3000
March 200349.5FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3800
March 200144.4FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO3500
February 199946.3FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO2900
June 199746.6FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO2800
June 199529.8FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO2700
July 199431.0FairFairSatisfactoryFairFO2400
July 199249.5FairVery GoodGoodSatisfactoryFO2400
July 199050.3FairVery GoodGoodSatisfactoryFO2100

Element Data

Source: National Bridge Elements dataset, 2016 edition. This feature is experimental.
ElementUnitsQuantity1. Good2. Fair3. Poor4. Serious
Steel Girder/Beamlinear ft.732073200
Steel Stringerlinear ft.1,15201,078740
Reinforced Concrete Decksq. ft.1515000
Steel Trusslinear ft.400040000
Steel Floor Beamlinear ft.2130127860
Reinforced Concrete Columneach53311840
Reinforced Concrete Abutmentlinear ft.1813320
Reinforced Concrete Pier Caplinear ft.1155923276
Pourable Jointlinear ft.2702700
Open Jointlinear ft.108189000
Movable Bearingeach5104902
Fixed Bearingeach6706502
Bridge Rail
Steel or Aluminum Bridge Raillinear ft.400039460
Steel Protective Coatingsq. ft.49,95049,950000
Other Material Bridge Raillinear ft.289028801