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Former Cotton Belt bridge for sale in north Texas

By | July 13, 2021

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View down through truss bridge
View down through truss bridge
The White Rock Creek Bridge north of Dallas, located on DART’s former Cotton Belt corridor.

DALLAS — Dallas Area Rapid Transit has regularly sold off end-of-life buses or excess parcels of land. But this time the agency has a piece of railroading history on the market: a bridge.

Removal of the bridge is required to accommodate DART’s new Silver Line Regional Rail project. Currently, the bridge is a single-track truss bridge which has been in disuse for about 30 years.

White Rock Creek Bridge is a National Register of Historic Places-eligible structure on the former Cotton Belt corridor spanning White Rock Creek. The bridge is a 125-foot, single span, Warren truss manufactured by the American Bridge Co. in 1917.

The bridge is offered for $1 with the condition that the removal of the bridge components from DART property shall be at the sole expense and responsibility of the recipient of the bridge. This offer is available until Aug. 13, 2021.

If interested this bridge for reuse elsewhere, conservation, curation, or other preservation-related uses, please contact Victor Ibewuike with DART at 214-749-2821 or Ibewuike@dart.org.

5 thoughts on “Former Cotton Belt bridge for sale in north Texas

  1. If DART would sweeten the deal by removing the bridge from the right of way, they would probably get more takers for preservation elsewhere. We have done that here in Utah lots of times. It gives a boost to cash-strapped non-profits to haul it away once it’s in an easier position to move.

  2. Anything special about that bridge? Unusual design? Otherwise it’s just another bridge–though at last it isn’t another plate girder–boring!! Yes, do sweeten the deal and sell it for more money.

  3. Anything special about that bridge? Unusual design? Otherwise it’s just another bridge–though at last it isn’t another plate girder–boring!! Yes, do sweeten the deal and sell it for more money.

  4. Anything special about that bridge? Unusual design? Otherwise it’s just another bridge–though at last it isn’t another plate girder–boring!! Yes, do sweeten the deal and sell it for more money.

  5. Why did I repeat myself? TRAINS new comment system doesn’t seem to work as well. As for unusual trusses, the old Lyndeborough Trestle on the B&M’s Hillsboro’ Branch in Lyndeboro’ NH had three parabolic deck trusses which were lowered to the ground and saved for possible purchase when the 1882 bridge was replaced in 1982—did anyone acquire these rare and unusual trusses or were they finally scrapped?

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