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Construction Begins on River UPRR Bridge
Posted on Feb 3rd, 2017

 
Photos Tom Folger folgerstudios.com
The crane barges shown proceeding upriver in the article below are now anchored in position at the Union Pacific Railroad bridge.
 
 
The Signet Spirit towboat pushes a construction barge through the bridge opening. The inland push boat is owned by the Signet Maritime Corp., Houston, Tx, was built in 1999 and is equipped with two 355 HP Cummins engines. Two 4-blade props do the pushing, each measuring almost 5’ across.
It’s a tight squeeze as a tow pushes a barge filled with Phillip’s 66 product through the UPRR bridge. The swing portion of the bridge will be replaced with a vertical lift type. The alignment and grade of the tracks will remain the same.
The bridge is eligible to be listed in the National Register Historic Places. Properties have to be at least 50 years old to be eligible. Read UPRR Angleton 305.45 Bridge Replace Project regarding Texas State Historic Preservation projects.
 
 
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