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Clifton’s Historic Whipple Truss Bridge Scheduled to be Replaced

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Jim Heid, Clifton Mayor, was elected in May of this year and has said that the new bridge decision can’t be reversed. He added, however, that he would prefer a campaign to reclaim the Whipple truss bridge to be repurposed as a bike-pedestrian bridge. “It’s a historical treasure, and future generations will be kicking themselves if nobody made a concerted effort to save it,” he said. “There’s too much of our history that’s going by the wayside.” Transportation and planning director for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Waco district, Michael Bolin said the old bridge would not be able to be retrofitted to meet modern standards without compromising the historic integrity of this monstrous piece of infrastructure. Similarly, he acknowledged that the federal grant for the new bridge required that it be constructed next to the old one. It was a tenuous balance between historic preservation, costs, and public safety. According to the Texas Historical Commission, this is one of five Whipple truss bridges remaining in Texas, and the only one still open to vehicle traffic.


Waco Tribune-Herald


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