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Aloha Bridge

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Oblique view

Photo taken Nov. 2005 by David Backlin

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Street View 

Description 

Abandoned concrete Tee Beam along old Jefferson Highway (now US 71)

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned concrete bridge over Bayou Grappe on Old US 71 south of Aloha
Location
Grant Parish, Louisiana
Status
Abandoned, but intact
History
Built circa 1920
Design
Concrete Tee Beam
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.57203, -92.74120   (decimal degrees)
31°34'19" N, 92°44'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/524557/3493029 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 19009 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (1,923)
Beam (7,692)
Built during 1920s (7,646)
Concrete tee beam (1,293)
Grant Parish, Louisiana (15)
Have street view (16,050)
Jefferson Highway (7)
Louisiana (586)
US 71 (111)

Update Log 

  • August 29, 2012: Updated by David Backlin: Changed built date, added category Jefferson Highway
  • December 1, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Revised GPS
  • March 24, 2010: New photos from David Backlin
  • March 8, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added Street View
  • November 21, 2005: Posted photos from David Backlin

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Comments 

Aloha Bridge
Posted March 23, 2012, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Drove by this bridge yesterday. Sagging very heavily in the middle; much more pronounced than in the current photos. I wouldn't walk across it if I stopped. Maybe I'll get pictures next time. Didn't think to snap them as I cruised by, though I did get some of the Hudson Creek bridge.

Aloha Bridge
Posted December 1, 2010, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

This is a really nice find with great photos. Good hunting.

Aloha Bridge
Posted August 16, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm also pretty sure this bridge was built in the 1920s or earlier, though I'm kinda leary of trusting NBI's date for the current bridge (which is listed as being built in 1931). If the "new" bridge is truly a 1930s product then this bridge could be from the teens, though based on the peer designs I wouldn't be surprised if it was built in the 30s and the currently-used bridge is a product of a later date. The old road bed of US 71 can be followed for a long way from Grant Parish northward.

Basically, it doesn't make much sense for a solid concrete bridge to be built in the teens and then abandoned 20 years later.

Aloha Bridge
Posted February 15, 2010, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm pretty sure these are the accurate coordinates for this bridge:

3134'20.50"N 9244'25.95"W

Check out street view and you can see what looks like a bridge in the woods.

Its been a few years since I last drove 71 but I think there's another, similar abandoed bridge to the east of the road further to the south.... next time I head tht way I'll double check.