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CSX - Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Bridge


Almonaster Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in May 2011


BH Photo #198521

Street Views 


This bridge was one of four built in 1919 due to the construction of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, commonly known as the Industrial Canal, through New Orleans. The bridge was built on dry land, then the canal was dredged beneath it. It was opened for rail traffic in the spring of 1920.

The vehicular portion of the bridge originally connected the two ends of what is now Old Gentilly Road and served as part of the Old Spanish Trail, which became US 90 in 1926. US 90 was re-routed onto the new Chef Menteur Highway and the first Danziger Bridge in 1932. Around 1970, the bridge was connected to the Almonaster Avenue extension until it was closed to auto traffic altogether in the 2000s.


Bascule bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (Industrial Canal) on CSX Railroad in New Orleans
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Open to rail traffic; closed to vehicular traffic
Built 1919; opened 1920
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
Strauss trunnion bascule bridge
Length of largest span: 146.9 ft.
Total length: 282.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.2 ft.
Also called
Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Bridge
Almonaster Avenue Bridge
Industrial Canal Bridge
L&N - Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Bridge
L&N Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.00454, -90.02588   (decimal degrees)
30°00'16" N, 90°01'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/786898/3323014 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spanish Fort
Inventory number
BH 19085 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Sufficiency rating: 35 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • March 28, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Expanded description text block.
  • December 2, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 28, 2017: Updated by Roger Collins: Added info about US 90 routing
  • January 16, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • September 24, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 29, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • July 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Louisville & Nashville Railroad", "CSX Railroad"

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