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Claiborne Avenue 17th Street Canal Bridge


Claiborne Avenue Bridge (September 1928)

The bridge across the 17th Street Canal, connecting South Claiborne Ave. and Jefferson Hwy. on opening day, September 27, 1928.

The Times-Picayune, September 28, 1928, p. 14

BH Photo #467556



This bridge was part of the improvement of Claiborne Avenue as a crosstown artery connecting directly with the Jefferson Highway (the original route of US 61) toward Baton Rouge. It was opened to traffic on September 27, 1928. The final work, the paving of the approaches, was not completed until October 1929. The entire cost was estimated at $100,000.

It was demolished in February 1937 as part of a project to widen Jefferson Highway to four lanes out to the Huey P. Long Bridge. A grade-level roadway was substituted, with the canal running through concrete culverts.


Lost Bridge over 17th Street Canal on US 61 / South Claiborne Avenue (now US 90)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Removed but not replaced
Built 1928; removed 1937
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.96391, -90.13038   (decimal degrees)
29°57'50" N, 90°07'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/776926/3318251 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 11, 2020: New photo from Roger Collins