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UP - Melville Bridge

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Description 

Constructed between 1927 and 1929 at a cost of about $2 million, replacing the previous bridge, which was damaged in the 1927 flood. Opened for traffic on September 1, 1929.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Atchafalaya River on Union Pacific Railroad at Melville
Location
Melville, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, and Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1929
Builders
- E. F. Mitchell (Supervising engineer for T&P Ry.)
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Chief engineer)
Railroads
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- Texas & Pacific Railway (T&P)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Warren through truss. Bridge supported by nine piers and two concrete abutments reinforced with steel. The vertical lift span is 776' long and electrically operated.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 776.0 ft.
Total length: 2,336.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Also called
T&P - Melville Bridge
Atchafalaya Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.69074, -91.73426   (decimal degrees)
30°41'27" N, 91°44'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/621228/3396013 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Melville
Inventory number
BH 47452 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 20, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added opening date and some specs.
  • October 17, 2017: New photos from Jeff Dubea
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 23, 2015: New photos from M. D. Caillet
  • April 2, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Texas & Pacific Railway"
  • April 1, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Ralph Modjeski as Engineer.
  • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 28, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 22, 2012: New photo from Jared Mixson
  • December 29, 2010: Added by Cliff Darby

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