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Louisiana Historic Bridge Marketing For Alternate Use Program

Bayou Boeuf Bridge on La. 1177

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Description of the Bridge
The Bayou Boeuf Bridge (Structure Number 805805190163) located on LA 1177 near Shirley Plantation Road was constructed circa 1920 and is one of the oldest Double-Intersecting Warren Pony Truss bridges in the State system.

National Register Eligibility
The bridge was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for its association with the Good Roads Movement and Jefferson Highway, a route designed to connect New Orleans, Louisiana to Winnipeg, Canada. The bridge was completed in 1920 by the State and Avoyelles Parish as part of the first phase of road improvements in Avoyelles Parish for Jefferson Highway.

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The bridge has been removed from the roadway and has been replaced under State and Federal Project No H.007876. The bridge truss components (truss sides and bottom) are in storage at the DOTD maintenance yard.

While the marketing period has expired, the bridge truss is still available for ownership transfer until it is recycled. Contact Carey Coxe, Environmental Impact Specialist DCL at carey.coxe@la.gov for more information.

 

Bayou Teche Bridge at Oaklawn on La. 323 - Ownership Transfer Pending
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Description of the Bridge
The Bayou Teche Bridge at Oaklawn (Structure Number 03514083000201) formerly located on LA 323 between LA 87 and Parish Road 28/Irish Bend Road was constructed circa 1942 and is a one lane, low steel truss (Warren) swing span.

National Register Eligibility
The bridge was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C as the earliest surviving Warren Polygonal truss, low swing-span bridge constructed on the Bayou Teche during World War II, and under Criterion A as the cost of bridge construction was split three ways among the Louisiana Department of Highways, the St. Mary Parish Police Jury, and Oaklawn and Sterling Plantation owners at that time, which was a unique situation and remains rare.

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The bridge is owned by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and is proposed to be replaced under State and Federal Project No. H.002798.

Because the bridge is historic, it was marketed to other entities for relocation and preservation. The required marketing term has ended and all marketing requirements have been met. Currently, the bridge has a prospective new owner and transfer of ownership is pending. All parties are working on the relocation and preservation of the steel swing span. Contact Michelle Hanks at michelle.hanks@la.gov for more information.

 

 

Bayou Lafourche Cutoff Bridge on La. 847

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Description of the Bridge

The Bayou Lafourche Cutoff Bridge (Structure No. 58118110104431 / Recall No. 047230) on LA 847 in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, is a steel Parker Through Truss bridge. It was originally constructed in 1922 with two truss sections to carry U.S. Highway 61 over Thompson Creek in West Feliciana Parish. Between 1960 and 1964, it was dismantled and one truss section was moved to its current location on LA 847 in Caldwell Parish.

 

National Register of Historic Places Eligibility

The steel truss portion of the bridge was determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C (design/engineering) as a good example of a Parker Through Truss in Louisiana.

 

Status of the Bridge

The bridge is owned by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration and Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer, is scheduled to be replaced on existing alignment under State Project H.007940 and Federal Project No H007940.

 

As a mitigation stipulation for the Adverse Effect to the bridge, the steel truss portion is being marketed to another entity for historic preservation. If ownership of the steel truss is not transferred to another entity for moving to another location for an alternate use, the steel truss will be demolished along with the other portions of the bridge.

Re-use of the steel truss as a bridge is encouraged. If the steel truss is re-established as a non-vehicular bridge, the entity may chose to contact the SHPO regarding its eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.  Contact Carey Coxe at carey.coxe@la.gov for more information.