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Bayou Grappe Bridge (Old)

Photos 

Oblique view

Photo taken Nov. 2005 by David Backlin

BH Photo #103384

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The bridge was built as part of the Colfax-Montgomery model road completed in August 1913. This road became part of the Jefferson Highway auto trail in 1916, which was succeeded by US 71 in 1926. The bridge was bypassed in early 1931 when the paving of US 71 was completed through Grant Parish.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned concrete bridge over Bayou Grappe on L. Dubois Road (formerly US 71) south of Aloha
Location
Grant Parish, Louisiana
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1913; bypassed 1931
Design
Concrete Tee Beam
Also called
Bayou du Grappe Bridge
Bayou DeGrappe Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.57206, -92.74124   (decimal degrees)
31°34'19" N, 92°44'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/524554/3493032 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 19009 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Abandoned (3,571)
Beam (15,336)
Built 1913 (851)
Built during 1910s (9,540)
Concrete tee beam (3,096)
Fence guardrail (252)
Grant Parish, Louisiana (16)
Have street view (26,479)
Jefferson Highway (45)
Louisiana (697)
US 71 (161)

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added dates and description text.
  • 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 31, 2017, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From surveying historical aerials, I believe this bridge predates US 71 and was in fact part of the Jefferson Highway. The 1955 aerial shows the current bridge with a one lane road using this bridge. This would confirm a build date of the mid to late 1910s or very early 1920s.

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.