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Krotz Springs Bridge

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This bridge is a K-truss bridge and is one of six bridges of this truss type in Louisiana. The K-truss type is virtually non-existent outside of Louisiana. -- Historic American Engineering Record

Completed in the summer of 1934 at a cost of about $1 million, its opening was delayed until April 13, 1935 as the connecting roadways had not yet been finished. Up to this time, auto traffic had shared the 1908 Missouri Pacific (now Union Pacific) Railroad bridge 1/2 mile downstream for the past five years. A few months after its opening, the bridge became part of both US 71 and US 190. (US 71 was cut back to the junction west of Krotz Springs in 1951).

The bridge was converted to carry only eastbound traffic after being supplemented by a new westbound span in 1973.

From January to April 1986, the bridge was demolished by Boh Brothers Construction Co. of New Orleans. It was partially dismantled, and the three steel spans were blown up in a series of explosions spaced a few weeks apart. The current eastbound span was then constructed atop the old piers and was completed in 1988.

Facts 

Overview
Lost K-Parker through truss bridge over Atchafalaya River on US 190
Location
Krotz Springs, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, and St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1934; removed 1986
Builders
- Foundation Co. of New York
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- Nashville Bridge Co. of Nashville, Tennessee
Design
K-Parker through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 500.5 ft.
Total length: 2,784.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Huey P. Long Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.54599, -91.74954   (decimal degrees)
30°32'46" N, 91°44'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/619942/3379953 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lottie
Inventory number
BH 53620 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added description text with dates and other details.
  • August 17, 2018: Updated by Luke: Corrected builders to preexisting categories
  • August 17, 2018: Updated by Jared Mixson: Added builders
  • September 24, 2012: HAER photos posted by Luke Harden
  • September 24, 2012: Added by Jared Mixson

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Jared
  • HAER LA-7 - Krotz Springs Bridge, Spanning Atchafalaya River, Krotz Springs, St. Landry Parish, LA
  • Luke

Comments 

Krotz Springs Bridge
Posted April 7, 2020, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Such a shame we've lost almost all of our K-Truss bridges.