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Red River Moncla Bridge

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Moncla Bridge

From the book History of Avoyelles Parish

Connie Saucier

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BH Photo #351402

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Facts 

Overview
Lost vertical lift thru truss bridge over Red River at Moncla on LA 107
Location
Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1947, Demolished 2000
Design
Three Span Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 359.9 ft.
Total length: 1,894.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.20178, -92.14099   (decimal degrees)
31°12'06" N, 92°08'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/581834/3452282 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Effie
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
4,800
Inventory number
BH 45382 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87.4 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • April 16, 2019: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • November 2, 2018: New photo from Joshua Bonnette
  • April 10, 2016: New photo from Joshua Bonnette
  • December 30, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Refined Info
  • May 24, 2010: Added by Cliff Darby

Sources 

  • Cliff Darby - clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Joshua Bonnette
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Red River Moncla Bridge
Posted April 27, 2019, by Douglas Butler

The Fulton Street Bridge doesn't have approach truss spans.

Red River Moncla Bridge
Posted April 25, 2019, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The newly posted photo looks like the Fulton Street bridge not the Moncla Bridge.

Red River Moncla Bridge
Posted March 26, 2019, by David Oliver (squaredave [at] aol [dot] com)

There was a ferry brought in after the collapse of that bridge. It was in operation until the replacement opened upstream. I remember the ferry even though I was very young. Some of the first cuss words I remember hearing from my Dad were spoken as we were going up the ramp on the Moncla side. The decrepit old '39-'40 Ford stalled and rolled back down to the ferry, and Dad strung a bunch of those colorful words together.

Part of the old approach on the Effie side is still there.

Red River Moncla Bridge
Posted October 17, 2017, by Jeff Dubea (jeffdubea [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I went over the Moncla Bridge many times. Just downriver, there are still concrete pilings visible from an even older bridge. The older bridge was built in the 1920s or 30s (possibly WPA, because I was told my grandfather worked on it) and collapsed during high water. There is still a road bed on the east side of the river going to the bank. The man who owns the property tells the story and heard that a car went off of the bridge when it fell. I'd like to know more about this, if anyone has information.