Municipal Street Improvements – Abilene TX

Description

The Abilene Reporter-News discusses a WPA project undertaken in 1936, one which helped to unify downtown Abilene:

“One of the most practical projects, still affecting thousands of Abilenians each day, was the raising of the railroad tracks in downtown Abilene in 1936 and the building of underpasses. The underpasses allowed motorists and pedestrians access between the city’s north and south sides without waiting for trains to pass.”

Source notes

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/jun/21/wpa-projects-helped-during-hard-times/

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 7, 2014.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

Location Info


Abilene, TX

Coordinates: 32.44922, -99.73554

One comment on “Municipal Street Improvements – Abilene TX

  1. Eveline Evans

    NRHP Nomination Form (https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/NR/pdfs/91001811/91001811.pdf)

    1100-1200 Block North First, Site No. 779, Contributing (Structure), 1936
    Connected concrete automobile underpasses, pedestrian underpass and retaining wall that extends from Pine to Cedar streets.

    Austin Bridge Company of Dallas built underpasses and retaining wall as a WPA project; constructed to ease traffic flow near railroad; railroad grade raised and underpasses built on Pine and Cedar street crossings includes a pedestrian underpass beneath railroad that provides access to passenger depot from south; also built to boost local economy during the Depression.

Leave a Reply

Before leaving a comment, please note:

  • Comments allow viewers to share information with others or alert us to errors or changes in a New Deal site.
  • We are not involved in the management of New Deal sites and have no information about visits, hours or rentals.
  • This page shows all the information we have for this site; if you have new information or photos to share, click below.

SUBMIT MORE INFORMATION OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS SITE

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.