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Moss Bluff Bridge (Old US 171)

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Photo taken by Douglas Butler in June 2013

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BH Photo #338243

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Description 

Two contracts were let by the Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury for the construction of the bridge in March 1922: to the Pensacola Ship Building Co. (Pensacola, FL) for the steel trusses, concrete floors, counter weight, and towers ($83,900); and to the Foundation Co. (New York, NY and New Orleans, LA) for the main bridge foundation and four river piers ($68,700). Construction began in the spring of 1923. A third contract was let by the Louisiana Highway Commission in November 1923 to Banta & Mutersbaugh (Lake Charles, LA) for the creosoted timber trestle approaches ($40,000). The total cost of the project was estimated at $300,000.

The bridge was opened to traffic on April 16, 1924, replacing the Moss Bluff Ferry. It was dedicated to the World War I veterans of Calcasieu Parish. The bridge was part of State Route 42, which became US 171 in 1926.

Both the Moss Bluff and English Bayou bridges were bypassed by new four-lane spans on the relocation of US 171 in 1969. The bridges were demolished around 1972.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Calcasieu River on former US 171
Location
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1924; bypassed 1969; removed ca. 1972
Builders
- Banta & Mutersbaugh of Lake Charles, LA (approaches)
- Pensacola Ship Building Co. of Pensacola, FL (steel work)
- The Foundation Co. of New Orleans, LA; New York, NY (foundation)
Design
Warren through truss vertical lift
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.29813, -93.18774   (decimal degrees)
30°17'53" N, 93°11'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/481947/3351836 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Moss Bluff
Inventory number
BH 69429 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added description text and corrected info that was confused with nearby English Bayou bridge.
  • June 2, 2018: Updated by Luke: Noted as highway & added builder
  • June 1, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • September 27, 2015: Updated by Luke: Correct GPS & added railroad from Moss Bluff 1935 Advance Planimetric
  • September 27, 2015: Added by Douglas Butler