Galveston Causeway

Spans Galveston Bay from Virginia Point to Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas


Galveston Causeway

1. 3/4 VIEW FROM SW.

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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This reinforced concrete viaduct spans more than two miles between Galveston Island and the Texas mainland. Its original twenty-eight concrete arches and steel draw span were the first Galveston Bay crossing to withstand hurricane forces. The Scherzer rolling-lift span, since replaced, was one of the world's largest. Seventy-nine additional concrete arches, built from 1917 to 1922, replaced embankments washed away by a hurricane. Although designed to carry a roadway, an interurban line, and a railroad, the bridge is currently used for railway traffic only. The Galveston Causeway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER TX-37)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Rail and Vehicular Causeway
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce; Economics; Engineering; Transportation; Communications; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Road-related; Rail-related
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1912; 1922