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Florida Avenue Bridge (1919)


Photo provided by the United States Geological Survey


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BH Photo #353699


The bridge was one of four bascule bridges built by the Port of New Orleans to cross the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IH-NC). In 1992, the U.S. Coast Guard declared the Florida Avenue Bridge an unreasonable obstruction to marine traffic. The new Florida Avenue lift bridge was completed in 2005 and the old bascule bridge was removed. The other three bascule bridges remain in service today (Seabrook, Almonaster Avenue and St. Claude Avenue).


Bascule bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (Industrial Canal) on former Florida Avenue in New Orleans
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1919 by the Bethlehem Steel Bridge Corporation; roadway added in 1937; replaced 2005
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Strauss trunnion bascule bridge
Length of largest span: 139.0 ft.
Total length: 783.9 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Also called
Industrial Canal Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.98021, -90.02190   (decimal degrees)
29°58'49" N, 90°01'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/787353/3320325 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Orleans East
Inventory number
BH 19084 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 95 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 8, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 27, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Rail-and-Road", "Southern Railway"
  • May 19, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 2, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Location change and general cleanup
  • November 1, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 23, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

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