Pecos River High Bridge
|Pecos River High Bridge|
Pecos River High Bridge, late 1990s
|Carries||Southern Pacific Railroad|
|Designer||Modjeski and Masters|
|Longest span||374.5 feet (114.1 m)|
|Number of spans||7|
|Piers in water||2|
|Constructed by||Brown and Root, substructure; Bethlehem Steel Company, superstructure|
The Pecos River High Bridge carries the Southern Pacific Railroad across the Pecos River gorge and is the second high-level crossing on this site. The first, designed by SP chief engineer Julius Kruttschnitt, was built by the Phoenix Bridge Company and completed in 1892. It remained in place until 1949, five years after its replacement was completed.
The current Pecos River High Bridge is a steel deck truss bridge on slip-formed concrete piers, ranging in height up to 275 feet (84 m). It was designed by Modjeski and Masters of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with foundations constructed by Brown and Root of Houston and trusses fabricated by Bethlehem Steel Company of Chicago. Because of material rationing during World War II, War Production Board approval was required before proceeding with fabrication.
- Baker, T. Lindsay (1986). Building the Lone Star State: An Illustrated Guide to Historic Sites. College Station: Texas A&M University Press. p. 124.
- Spivey, Justin M. (October 1998). "Southern Pacific Railroad, Pecos River Bridge". Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. p. 7. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
- Pecos High Bridge from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. TX-75, "Southern Pacific Railroad, Pecos River Bridge", 8 photos, 2 color transparencies, 9 data pages, 1 photo caption page
- Pecos Viaduct (1892) at Structurae