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Military Highway Railroad Overpass

Photos 

From tracks

Looking north from the KCS (former L&A) tracks

Photo taken by Cliff Darby in March 2010

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BH Photo #156840

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Originally built across the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway (Rock Island Lines) concurrent with the construction of Camp Beauregard and the Military Highway from the camp through Pineville. The road and overpass were opened to traffic on March 1, 1918.

The overpass became part of State Route 14 in 1921 and US 165 in 1926. It has carried the business route of US 165 since 1951.

On November 6, 2019, the overpass was permanently closed to traffic following a failed inspection. It is scheduled to be removed and a level crossing established with the Kansas City Southern Railway. (A nearby at-grade crossing at Creed Street will be closed as part of an agreement between LA DOTD and the railroad company).

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over KCS Railway on US 165 BUS (Military Highway)
Location
Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Status
Replaced by an at-grade crossing
History
Built 1918, closed 2019, removed 2020
Railroads
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- Louisiana and Arkansas Railway (LA)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 26.9 ft.
Total length: 140.1 ft.
Deck width: 21.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
US 165 Business Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.33956, -92.42418   (decimal degrees)
31°20'22" N, 92°25'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/554775/3467377 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alexandria
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
8,400
Inventory number
BH 44171 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 23, 2020: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge has been removed
  • March 23, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added details to description text.
  • February 14, 2020: Updated by Cliff Darby: Updated status: Bridge is now closed
  • August 20, 2018: Updated by Jared: Corrected location
  • September 11, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "Kansas City Southern Railway"
  • March 23, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added Street View
  • March 3, 2010: New photos from Cliff Darby
  • February 19, 2010: Added by Cliff Darby

Sources 

  • Cliff Darby - cliffsta1987 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jared