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Tensas River Bridge


East Approach

Photo taken by David Backlin in December 2008


BH Photo #130497

Street Views 


Vertical lift bridge over Tensas River on US 425 & LA 15 (Northbound) at Clayton
Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, and Concordia Parish, Louisiana
Open to traffic
Built 1971
Vertical lift
Length of largest span: 181.0 ft.
Total length: 579.1 ft.
Deck width: 30.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.72500, -91.54500   (decimal degrees)
31°43'30" N, 91°32'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/637847/3510875 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ferriday North
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 18998 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 71.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2021: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • October 20, 2015: New photos from Janie Fortenberry
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 31, 2013: Updated by M. D. Caillet: Added category "Tensas River"
  • March 14, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Street View
  • December 22, 2008: New photos from David Backlin
  • December 15, 2008: Updated by David Backlin


  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Cliff Darby - cliffsta1987 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler


Tensas River Bridge
Posted December 2, 2020, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Black / Ouachita river is navigable, and this bridge isn't terribly far upstream from that body of water. My supposition is agricultural needs in the area supported barge traffic, necessitating a movable span.

Tensas River Bridge
Posted December 1, 2020, by Jason (jclubb1971 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know why this bridge was built in the first place? Were there barges on this river up until 1971? Can't find anything on the internet about the history of this river.

Tensas River Bridge
Posted January 8, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Neat old bridge