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Ouachita River LA 8 Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Bob Weston

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BH Photo #242636

Map 

Street View 

    Facts 

    Overview
    Swing bridge over Ouachita River on LA 8 near Harrisonburg
    Location
    Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
    Status
    Closed
    Future prospects
    Slated for demolition 2017 and replacement with a hideously ugly fixed high level stringer bridge.
    History
    Built 1932
    Design
    Riveted Parker through truss swing
    Dimensions
    Length of largest span: 319.8 ft.
    Total length: 1,099.7 ft.
    Deck width: 20.0 ft.
    Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
    Approximate latitude, longitude
    +31.77054, -91.81822   (decimal degrees)
    31°46'14" N, 91°49'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
    Approximate UTM coordinates
    15/611906/3515610 (zone/easting/northing)
    Quadrangle map:
    Harrisonburg
    Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
    2,100
    Inventory number
    BH 18997 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
    Inspection report (as of April 2016)
    Overall condition: Poor
    Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
    Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
    Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
    Sufficiency rating: 4 (out of 100)
    View more at BridgeReports.com

    Update Log 

    • October 24, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge is closed and being disassembled
    • October 17, 2017: New photos from Jeff Dubea
    • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
    • February 25, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
    • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
    • November 11, 2012: New photo from Jared Mixson
    • June 9, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
    • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

    Sources 

    Comments 

    Ouachita River LA 8 Bridge
    Posted October 17, 2017, by Jeff Dubea (jeffdubea [at] yahoo [dot] com)

    I went through here on the river as it was being dismantled. It is sad to see these old truss bridges go away, as the new ones are so plain and boring.

    Ouachita River LA 8 Bridge
    Posted February 19, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

    Couple more pics.

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

    Sorry for no more closer shots. Was running out of daylight far from home ;)

    New ugly bridge is well on its way, though this old bridge is a bit scary with the lack of modern guardrails or curbs.