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Florida Avenue Bridge (Old)

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Description 

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).

Facts 

Overview
Bascule bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (Industrial Canal) on former Florida Avenue in New Orleans
Location
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1919 by the Bethlehem Steel Bridge Corporation; replaced 2005
Builders
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Design
Strauss trunnion bascule bridge
Dimensions
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)

Update Log 

  • 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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Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Luke