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Abandoned South Mayde Creek Bridges along SH-6

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For those of you who are on the hunt for old abandoned bridges, I located one earlier this year within the confines of the Addicks Reservoir, directly along the western shoulder of the elevated portion of SH-6 that runs through the reservoir. The bridge is in two sections, a north and a south section, crossing over South Mayde Creek.

Before SH-6 was built at an elevated height through the reservoir (circa 1968), the road was a simple asphalt road which sat at ground level, and was known only as Addicks-Satsuma Rd. There was a slight bend in the road near South Mayde Creek which was eliminated in the new SH-6 elevated stretch, but today, the old bend can still be found, as it is home to these two sections of old bridge.

Due to a lack of detailed information on the road, I can only assume these bridges, which were constructed in the late 1950's, were replacements for earlier wooden bridges. Addicks-Satsuma Rd. dates way back to the beginning of the 20th century, so there had to be something there to cross the creek. These two sections of abandoned bridge are somewhat modern in design, with concrete and steel on the deck surface, and a wooden substructure that has remained relatively intact to this day. Unfortunately, these new bridges only served for about ten years or so before SH-6 was elevated, and this bend in the road was bypassed altogether.

Some forty years after being abandoned, these two bridge sections remain, nestled about 10 feet below the sidewall of SH-6 on the west side, just a few hundred paces from the dam itself. The south bridge is in much better shape, and you can still explore underneath it. There is a large amount of old discarded beer cans and tires from the 1970's scattered around. There are also ruins of what appeared to be some concrete culverts or possibly stability points for some type of superstructure.

The north bridge, which is all the way on the other side of the creek, is much harder to spot, as it has been almost completely engulfed by topsoil, and the side rails are all gone. On either side of the bridge, you may also notice a metal gate. This pair of gates used to open and close as needed to prevent drivers from crossing the bridge during floods. Now, they are just ghostly reminders of what used to be.

I have pictures but cannot figure out URL codes, nor do I care to. If you visit my webpage, you can view over a dozen photos of the bridges. www.westhoustonarchives.org , and go to the abandoned roads page. The bridges are listed alphabetically after Addicks Clodine Rd, and Addicks- Fairbanks Rd.

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Very interesting site. I've lived in west Houston for the last 22 years after growing up on the northside and have been interested in the history of this side of town. I didn't have time to read everything, but I'd really like to see what you have on Alief and Addicks. I always drive by a road called Sugarland-Howell Rd. Any info on what Howell was?

Finally, just to quibble (but not complain), why do you list Spring and Westfield on your site? Those are in far north Harris County, east of I-45.

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I'm going to make an assumption that you're with Cy-Fair VFD. My question though is, which station? My guess would be either 9 or 10. My mother was one of the original members of 10... Anyways, awesome job with the website, and thanks for bringing back a flood of memories!! :)

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John - I run a Facebook page for Abandoned Highways, Bridges and Streets. I have taken pictures of abandoned highways all across Texas and a few abandoned streets in Houston. Really enjoyed your webpage. Sounds like we have some common interests and I live in Houston. - Marty

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