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Chef Menteur Pass Bridge

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Swing Through Truss Birdge over Chef Menteur Pass

Photo taken by Bob Davis on May 3, 2009

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BH Photo #139728

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss swing bridge over Chef Menteur Pass on US 90 in New Orleans
Location
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1929
Design
Three span polygonal Warren swing through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 269.9 ft.
Total length: 1,174.5 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.06770, -89.80446   (decimal degrees)
30°04'04" N, 89°48'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/229646/3329603 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chef Menteur
Inventory number
BH 19065 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 02/2016)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 23.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
1,470

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2015: New photos from James Baughn
  • September 26, 2014: New photo from Irma Hale
  • March 23, 2013: New photo from David Backlin
  • July 8, 2010: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • May 3, 2009: New photo from Bob Davis

Sources 

  • Bob Davis - bobdaviscfi [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted October 25, 2016, by Brian J. Patterson (pattersonbj [at] earthlink [dot] net)

"Chef Menteur," which is part of the place-name for several geographic features in the Orleans Parish area including this bridge, is a French phrase that translates to "Lying Chief." This is commonly understood to derive from the Choctaw phrase of the same meaning, "oulabe mingo." This was NOT a nice phrase with the Choctaw, who were famed for hating liars. Depending on your historical source, this appellation was given to former French Colonial Governor Louis Belcourt, Chevalier de Kerlerec after violating a treaty with them; the Mississippi River, whose path through the Delta Region was notoriously untrustworthy before the levees were built; or a deposed Choctaw Chief whose other names are lost to history. This possibly mythical "Chef Menteur" was exiled by the Choctaw to what is now known as the Point aux Herbes" area of the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted April 7, 2016, by J B Evans (brynffyl [at] centurylink [dot] net)

Picture taken in 1965.

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted February 5, 2011, by Ralph Nazario (ralphnazario [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Wow. Many thanks to you and Mr.Erikson and Mr. Miser for the information! This website is a great resource!

There are no markings visible. The photo and frame seem to be stuck together due to age. I think any attempt to separate them to see the back of the photo may cause damage.

Again, many thanks! And if anyone wishes to inspect this photo or display it somewhere, I would be glad to ship it and freely lend it.

Ralph Nazario

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted February 4, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ralph......I think Mr. Erickson may have found your bridge here!

The truss type; number of spans; number of panels in the closest span......and they all seem to line up.

Not saying that there isn't another 3-span Warren through with a center swing-span out there somewhere......but this one looks like a real possibility.

Just out of curiosity, have you taken the photo out of the frame to see if there is any writing on the back?

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted August 22, 2007, by Frank Sellke (franksellke [at] brueckenweb [dot] de)

a photo

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted August 25, 2006, by Jim K from Slidell La.

The bridge re-opened a few weeks ago. (Today is 8-24-06)

Side Note: The camps that lined Chef Hwy have been completely wiped out. Fort Pike, which is next to the Rigolets swing bridge, took a beating from Katrina. Also, the bridge at the Rigolets is open and the construction on the new bridge is progressing well.

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge
Posted August 15, 2006, by cindy diaz (kajnmawmaw [at] aol [dot] com)

chef pass bridge has been closed to thru traffic since being damaged from katrina. does anyone know if it is open yet or when it will open?