HB&T = Houston Belt and Terminal
|Patrick Feller Flickr via BridgeHunter, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)|
HB&T Railway Strauss Bascule Bridge over Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas January 1986
|The Portal to Texas History, Credit: Texas Historical Commission|
|Douglas Butler posted|
From Portal to Texas History Houston Belt & Terminal Railroad Bridge in Houston, TX crossing the Buffalo, Bayou.
The counterweight was removed in the 1990s when the Interstate was expanded. This view shows why the counterweight was removed. There is barely enough clearance for the span itself. It also shows the curved rack under the counterweight arm of the span. The trunnion is at the top of the remaining tower frame. Given the round pier, it appears that this bridge replaced a swing bridge. However, the new bridge evidentially did not widen the navigation channel.
|Patrick Feller Flickr, July 17, 2019, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)|
They built a concrete foundation for the preserved counterweight. I wonder if they attached a crane and then cut the frame members with a torch so that they could move the whole structure intact. Or did they disassemble and reassemble the structure? Either way, it cost money. But as I think about it, the cost was probably a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the Interstate expansion. I'm glad it was preserved.
|Patrick Feller Flickr, Mar 16, 2009|
Counterweight, Buffalo Bayou Bascule Railroad Bridge, Houston, Texas 0316091437BW
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