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Rigolets Bridge


Rigolets Bridge

1967 view

Photo from State Library of Louisiana

BH Photo #539087


Opened to traffic on June 9, 1930, replacing a ferry service. Served as part of US 90 throughout its existence and was also briefly part of US 11 in the late 1930's before being re-routed onto the Maestri Bridge.


Lost through truss swing bridge over the Rigolets on US 90 in New Orleans
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1930; replaced 2009
Riveted, 16-panel Polygonal, Subdivided Warren through truss swing span
(3)16-panel, riveted Pennsylvania through truss spans
Concrete beam approaches
Length of largest span: 399.8 ft.
Total length: 3,877.9 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.9 ft.
Also called
Fort Pike Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.17160, -89.73300   (decimal degrees)
30°10'18" N, 89°43'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/236813/3340956 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 19089 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 87.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected and added truss types
  • August 16, 2022: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 15, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 11, 2015: New photos from william blackwell
  • August 23, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • May 3, 2009: New photos from Bob Davis



Rigolets Bridge
Posted February 5, 2015, by Glenn Gaudet (gandegaudet [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe the set of four photos at the top of the page are of the Highway 90 bridge over Pearl River. Rigolets Bridge has the three steel sections followed by a long causeway before you reach land. The third section of the Pearl River bridge immediately ends on the land. Attached photo is a Google Earth Street View of the Highway 90 bridge over the Pearl River (La/Miss State Line).

Rigolets Bridge
Posted October 21, 2014, by Chris Goodwin (txzebrfan [at] mail [dot] com)

I have some pictures of the Rigolets Bridge on my trip back home from Nov 2004. I spent a lot of time on that island. My grandfather was the Baptist preacher on the island at Fort Pike Baptist Chapel.

Both pictures were taken at Fort Pike standing watching the old bridge open and close.

Rigolets Bridge
Posted September 28, 2009, by Henry Harmison (hsharmison [at] cox [dot] net)

The bridge shown looks like the Chef Menteur bridge to me.

Rigolets Bridge, Fort Pike
Posted March 18, 2009, by irma holmes (irma91706 [at] aol [dot] com)

I am a person of interest in finding special people that

lived on highway 90 on the island known as Rigolets and grew up and attended the school's inside the city of New Orlean's. we were a bus load of kid's that caught the school bus every morning. we lived between Slidell, and The city of New Orlean's. Elementery--Sherwood Forest

jr. high was george washington jr. high. i am trying to get in contact with joseph yarbrough who was a friend that one saturday he came to my house in his boat and took me fish. please if there is anyone out there that went to school between 1967--1971 and lived on route 6, highway 90

around Fort Pike, La. Please contact me at :626-813-1039, or email me at irma91706@aol.com. i really need to get back in touch with my FRIEND's.

Thank You,

Irma Holmes

Rigolets Bridge
Posted October 7, 2008, by Joseph C.Yarbrough Historian (yarbrough [dot] joseph [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The old U.S. HWY 90 brideg is now gone. The truss spans were put on barges and taken away and the concrete wes put around Fort Pike for protection from tidel surages doing damage to the fort structure.

Rigolets Bridge
Posted September 20, 2008, by Gui

This Bridge has been replaced by a new one and will be demolished by the end of 2008.