Bridge construction films and audiotapes, 1964, 1969-1970, 1973-1984
The Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (TSDHPT) was responsible for the building and maintenance of Texas roads and highways and for developing public mass transportation in state from 1975 to 1991. The agency was formed in 1975 when the Texas legislature merged the Texas Highway Department and the Texas Mass Transportation Commission into this single agency. Both TSDHPT and the Texas Highway Department operated a Travel and Information Division that produced film footage of methods of bridge construction in Texas across three decades. Two of these films were available from the division's film lending library: Lake Austin Bridge, which "describes the design and construction of the impressive suspension bridge on Loop 360 in Austin and its impact on the surrounding area," and One Mile, a film that "chronicles the building of the Houston Ship Channel Bridge. Awesome machinery and inspired technology combine to dazzle the viewer as the massive structure takes shape." Records consist of 16 film projects, dating 1964, 1969-1970, 1973-1984 and are comprised of 16mm motion pictures; 16mm motion picture components, including work prints, camera original footage, negatives, and internegatives as well as magnetic and optical sound tracks; and 0.25-inch open reel audiotapes. The film projects One Mile and Corpus Christi Segmental Bridge include duplicate prints. (Source: Texas Department of Transportation, Travel Division. "Video Library." Austin, TX, February 2002.)
Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes. Archives and Information Services Division
Texas. Travel and Information Division
Date range of creation:
1969 to 1970
Date range of creation:
1973 to 1984
(Identify the item), Bridge construction films and audiotapes, Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
These records are arranged by film project and then by reel number within each project.
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To view the films or listen to the sound tracks not currently available through the Texas Digital Archive, please contact State Archives staff. Researcher access to 16mm film and audio is dependent upon first arranging to transfer that outdated media to more contemporary media, at the researcher's expense.
Size or duration:
6.42 cubic ft. (110 motion picture components, 6 motion pictures, and 2 open reel audiotapes)