Oakland-Merlin Overpass – Dallas TX

City:
Dallas, TX

Site Type:
Roads, Bridges, and Tunnels, Infrastructure and Utilities

New Deal Agencies:
Bureau of Public Roads (BPR), Public Works Funding, Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Started:
1937

Completed:
1937

Designer:
Texas Highway Department

Contractor:
Uvalde Construction Co.

Quality of Information:
Moderate

Marked:
Yes

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Oakland-Merlin Overpass is a 1,759 foot long overpass that currently carries Malcom X Blvd (formerly Oakland Ave.) over the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Railyard near downtown Dallas, Texas. The Texas Highway Department and the United States Bureau of Public Roads oversaw the construction of the bridge with funding from the federal Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935. The overpass originally separated the grade of Oakland Ave and Merlin St from the tracks of the Gulf Coast and Sante Fe Railway. Uvalde Construction co. built the bridge in 1937 using Works Progress Administration labor.

Source notes

Plaque on Bridge Historic Road Infrastructure of Texas, 1866-1965 Multiple Property Listing, p58.

Site originally submitted by Larry Moore on November 14, 2016.

Location Info


Malcom X Blvd
Dallas, TX Dallas County

Location notes: Malcom X Blvd near downtown Dallas, Texas

Coordinates: 32.77561, -96.77574

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