Montopolis Bridge

Montopolis Bridge
The Montopolis Bridge in 2013
Coordinates 30°14′46″N 97°41′28″W / 30.246°N 97.691°W / 30.246; -97.691Coordinates: 30°14′46″N 97°41′28″W / 30.246°N 97.691°W / 30.246; -97.691
Carries US 183 frontage road
Crosses Colorado River
Locale Austin, Texas
Owner State of Texas
ID number 142270026501034
Design Parker through truss
Material Steel
Total length 1,221 feet (372 m)
Width 24 feet (7.3 m)
Longest span 200 feet (61 m)
No. of spans 9
Clearance above 19 feet (5.8 m)
No. of lanes 2
Designer Texas Highway Department
Constructed by Vincennes Steel Corporation
Construction start February 15, 1937
Construction cost $232,000
Opened February 11, 1938 (1938-February-11)
Montopolis Bridge
Coordinates 30°14′44″N 97°41′29″W / 30.24556°N 97.69139°W / 30.24556; -97.69139Coordinates: 30°14′44″N 97°41′29″W / 30.24556°N 97.69139°W / 30.24556; -97.69139
Area less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
MPS Historic Bridges of Texas MPS
NRHP reference # 96001118[1]
Added to NRHP October 10, 1996

The Montopolis Bridge is a historic Parker through truss bridge in Austin, Texas. It is located in the Montopolis neighborhood where the southbound frontage road of U.S. Route 183 crosses the Colorado River in southeastern Travis County. The bridge consists of five 200-foot Parker through truss spans and four 52-foot steel I-beam approach spans resting on reinforced concrete abutments. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1996.[2]


On 15 June 1935 the city of Austin suffered a devastating flood along the Colorado River. The original Montopolis bridge, built by Travis County in the late 1880s, was one of five bridges washed away by the flood. The Texas Highway Department designed the current bridge and requested federal emergency relief funds from the Bureau of Public Roads to rebuild it.[3] Work on the bridge began on February 15, 1937. The bridge was completed on February 11, 1938 by Vincennes Steel Corporation under contract to the Highway Department at a cost of nearly $232,000.[4]

The Montopolis Bridge remains in use and, as one of the principal routes to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from Downtown Austin, is fairly busy. The southbound frontage of U.S. 183, Airport Boulevard and East 7th Street all merge at the north side of the bridge. In 2006, 29,200 vehicles crossed on average each day. The bridge is to be decommissioned for vehicular traffic and converted to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge by 2020 as part of the Bergstrom Expressway Project that broke ground on April 6, 2016.[5]

See also


  1. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Montopolis Bridge". Retrieved Nov 24, 2011.
  3. Montopolis Bridge. Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission.
  4. "Montopolis Bridge". Find the Data. Retrieved Nov 23, 2011.
  5. Dugan, Amanda, "Montopolis Bridge will be outfitted with bike, pedestrian lanes". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
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