09/15 - Proposed Management of Post-War Historic Bridges in Texas

Throughout the summer of 2014, Blanton and Associates has been working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Texas Historical Commission (THC), and the Historic Bridge Foundation (HBF) on a statewide public outreach campaign about post-World War II bridges in Texas. This public outreach focuses on TxDOT’s proposed plan to manage more than 100 bridges built between 1945 and 1965, which were determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Currently, the proposed plan divides the NRHP-eligible bridges into three groups based on their historic and engineering significance. The groups dictate the type of regulatory compliance and mitigation that TxDOT would be required to complete if any future projects would result in adverse effects to each bridge.

In July and August of 2014, B&A arranged and attended three open houses held by TxDOT in New Braunfels, Grapevine, and Galveston to present information about the post-war bridges that were determined eligible for the NRHP and the proposed grouped planning approach. TxDOT will review all feedback received during the public involvement process in an effort to finalize a Programmatic Agreement between TxDOT, THC, HBF, and the Federal Highway Administration regarding treatment for post-1945 historic bridges in Texas.

To obtain more information on this project, please visit TxDOT’s website or THC’s website.