A last piece of the Texas Electric Railway to roll away

Interurban historicDemolition could begin any day on a former Texas Electric Railway bridge that crosses Clarendon, reports Alicia Quintans of Beckley Club Estates.

A 2001 bridge inspection from the Texas Department of Transportation recommended removal of the bridge, which was part of the Waco line, one of three that ran from Dallas 1916-1948. The Corsicana and Denison lines also ran through Oak Cliff.

DART, which co-owns the bridge with Oncor, initially determined it would cost about $5 million to make safe.

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Back in 2012, DART had hoped the bridge, built around 1916, could be reused. But preliminary repairs proved too dangerous for workers, says Quintans, who is on the Tenth Street Historic District task force. The Dallas Landmark Commission granted DART’s request for demolition.

Neighbors have reported chunks of concrete falling off the bridge, although Quintans, an architect, says she’s been driving under it for 23 years and “never been hit.”

Quintans sent us these photos of the bridge. Click one to view the slideshow.

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  • Ted

    Nice pictures Ms Quintans.

  • lakewoodhobo

    It’s like the ruins of an ancient civilization that did not depend on cars. Sad to see it go.