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St. John Bridge

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St. John Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in April 2011

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BH Photo #197043

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through Truss Swing bridge over Bayou Teche on St. John Bridge Road
Location
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
Status
Closed
History
Built 1895; bypassed by a new bridge in 2002
Design
Two Span Riveted Warren Through Truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 227.0 ft.
Total length: 264.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 1998
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.15853, -91.81238   (decimal degrees)
30°09'31" N, 91°48'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/614364/3336947 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Parks
Inventory numbers
NRHP 98000268 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 19115 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 16, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Updated Information
  • June 30, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Added NRHP info

Sources 

  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Cliff Darby - clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Teche Bayou Bridge
Posted January 20, 2009, by Dave Redmann (daveredmann [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is referred to as the St. John Bridge. Although the bridge truss was built in 1895, it was not erected in this spot until maybe five or ten years later. On of the Levert ancestors wanted the Southern Pacific Railroad to build a branch to his sugar mill (later Levert-St. John, now Louisiana Sugar Cane Cooperative). The SP told Levert to build a bridge, and they'd built the branch. And so it happened. Rail service ended many years ago, and the bridge became a street bridge. It is basically one lane; you can fit two Hondas by each other, but don't try it with two trucks. The bridge was closed to traffic and a new street bridge built nearby. Now there is a dispute among the parish (county), the state, and preservationists about what to do with the bridge. By the way, it is reported to be a Warren truss. There are pictures and more details out there on the Internet; Google Levert-St. John.