Cliff Darby

About Me 

Email: clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com
Website: http://twitter.com/cliffdarby

College student / retail manager / dirt bike rider

Recent Updates 

Sarto Bridge (Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Bayou des Glaises on Pedestrian Pathway
December 4, 2017: New photos
KCS - Lake Bistineau Bridge (Red River Parish, Louisiana)
Bridge over Lake Bistineau on Kansas City Southern (formerly Louisiana & Arkansas) RR
November 27, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "Kansas City Southern Railway"
Old Highway 1 Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed Creek on Old Highway 1
November 17, 2017: Added
Old Vicksburg Bridge (Warren County, Mississippi)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg just north of the I-20 bridge in Vicksburg
October 31, 2017: New Street View added
DSRR - Ouachita River Bridge (Union Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Ouachita River on Railroad
October 27, 2017: New Street View added
Ouachita River LA 8 Bridge (Catahoula Parish, Louisiana)
Swing bridge over Ouachita River on LA 8 near Harrisonburg
October 24, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge is closed and being disassembled
Old Highway 8 Bridge (LaSalle Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Concrete tee beam bridge over Little River on LA Highway 8
October 18, 2017: Added
Church St. Bridge (Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Cane River on LA-1 Business
October 16, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "LA 1"
Old Bayou Jean de Jean Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned Warren deck truss bridge over Bayou Jean de Jean on former LA 1
October 9, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "Built during 1930s"
Houma Intracoastal Waterway Tunnel (Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana)
Tunnel under Intracoastl Waterway on LA 3040
September 27, 2017: New Street View added
Bryant Creek Bridge (Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana)
Timber stringer bridge over Bryant Creek on LA-156
September 25, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge has been replaced
Old Bayou Jean de Jean Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned Warren deck truss bridge over Bayou Jean de Jean on former LA 1
September 15, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge is actually a deck truss structure
Tioga Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Steel stringer bridge over Union Pacific (formerly Missouri Pacific) at Tioga on US 71
September 11, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added categories "Missouri Pacific Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad"
US 165 Business Overpass (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Steel stringer bridge over KCS (Formerly L&A) RR on Military Highway
September 11, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "Kansas City Southern Railway"
Judge Perez Bridge (Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana)
Vertical lift bridge over the Algiers Canal (Gulf Intracoastal Waterway) on LA 23 in Belle Chasse
September 1, 2017: New Street View added
Sparrow Lane Bridge (Grant Parish, Louisiana)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Bayou Rigolette on Sparrow Lane
August 21, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge listed on NRHP
Old Dorcheat Bayou Bridge (Webster Parish, Louisiana)
Bridge over Dorcheat Bayou on Old Dixie Overland Highway/US 79 & 80
August 9, 2017: New Street View added
Boeuf River LA 132 Bridge (Richland Parish, Louisiana)
Through truss bridge over Boeuf River on LA 132
May 10, 2017: New photos
Boeuf River LA 561 Bridge (Richland Parish, Louisiana)
Through truss bridge over Boeuf River on LA 561 (Old LA 1497)
May 10, 2017: New photos
IC - Bogue Chitto River Bridge (St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Bogue Chitto River on Illinois Central Railroad
April 11, 2017: New Street View added
CSX - Rigolets Pass Bridge (Orleans Parish, Louisiana)
Through truss bridge over Rigolets Pass on CSX Railroad
April 11, 2017: New Street View added
Little Bayou Pierre Bridge (Claiborne County, Mississippi)
Abandoned parker through truss bridge over Little Bayou Pierre on former US 61
April 11, 2017: New Street View added
Murray Street Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over Red River on Murray St.
April 10, 2017: New Street View added
Murray Street Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over Red River on Murray St.
April 10, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Refined Status
Sparrow Lane Bridge (Grant Parish, Louisiana)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Bayou Rigolette on Sparrow Lane
April 10, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "Jefferson Highway"
Harvey Tunnel (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana)
Tunnel underneath Harvey Canal on Old Business US 90 in New Orleans
April 7, 2017: New Street View added
LOAM - Little River Bridge (Grant Parish, Louisiana)
Pratt through truss bridge over Little River on Abandoned Louisiana Midland Railway
April 4, 2017: New photos
Old Bayou Jean de Jean Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned Warren deck truss bridge over Bayou Jean de Jean on former LA 1
March 31, 2017: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added category "LA 1"
Old Bayou Jean de Jean Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned Warren deck truss bridge over Bayou Jean de Jean on former LA 1
March 31, 2017: Added
KCS - Atchafalaya River Bridge (Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana)
Through truss swing bridge over Atchafalaya River on Kansas City Southern Railroad (formerly also carried LA-1)
March 31, 2017: New Street View added
LOAM - Black River Bridge (Catahoula Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Black River on Louisiana & Arkansas RR
March 31, 2017: New Street View added
LOAM - Little River Bridge (Archie) (Catahoula Parish, Louisiana)
Lost Through truss bridge over Little River on Louisiana & Arkansas RR
March 31, 2017: New Street View added
Hudson Creek Bridge (Grant Parish, Louisiana)
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over Hudson Creek on US 71
March 23, 2012: New photos
Wilders Creek Bridge (Ouachita Parish, Louisiana)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Wilders Creek on LA-546
March 20, 2012: New Street View added
Bayou Black Bridge (Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana)
Warren deck truss bridge over Bayou Black on La0182
January 13, 2012: New Street View added
Gillis Long Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Vertical lift bridge over Red River on US 165B in Pineville
January 6, 2012: Updated by Cliff Darby: Reopened after repairs completed
Gillis Long Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
Vertical lift bridge over Red River on US 165B in Pineville
January 3, 2012: Updated by Cliff Darby: Closed for repairs
Lee Edwards Road Bridge (Grant Parish, Louisiana)
Timber stringer bridge over Indian Creek on Lee Edwards Road
November 23, 2011: Updated by Cliff Darby: Bridge has been replaced
East Shoal Creek Abandoned Bridge (Bond County, Illinois)
Concrete tee beam bridge over East Fork Shoal Creek on Hazel Dell Road
November 18, 2011: New Street View added
Green Valley Creek Bridge (Christian County, Missouri)
Abandoned concrete tee beam bridge over Green Valley Creek on Ghan Road (old Mo 14 E)
November 18, 2011: New Street View added
Summit Bridge (Washington County, Missouri)
Abandoned concrete bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad on Old MO 8, east of Potosi
November 18, 2011: New Street View added
Granite Creek Bridge (Yavapai County, Arizona)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Granite Creek on Old Sr 89a
November 18, 2011: New Street View added
Richfield Canal Bridge (Blaine County, Idaho)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Richfield Canal on Burma Road (Old Highway 93)
November 17, 2011: New Street View added
IR - Fox River Bridge (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Pratt deck truss bridge over Fox River on Illinois Railway West of Sheridan
October 25, 2011: New Street View added
MNN - Wild Rice River Bridge (Norman County, Minnesota)
Abandoned deck girder bridge over Wild Rice River on Minnesota Northern Railroad
October 25, 2011: New Street View added
O.K. Allen Bridge (Rapides Parish, Louisiana)
K-Parker through truss bridge over Red River on US 71
October 20, 2011: Updated by Cliff Darby: Updated Status
Horace Wilkinson Bridge (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana)
Cantilevered polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Mississippi River on I-10 in Baton Rouge
September 17, 2011: New Street View added
Plaquemine LA 1 Bridge (Iberville Parish, Louisiana)
Vertical lift bridge over Bayou Plaquemine on LA 1 SB at Plaquemine
July 7, 2011: New Street View added
Morganza Spillway Bridge (Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Morganza Spillway on LA 1
May 9, 2011: Added
Audubon Bridge (Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana)
Cable-stayed bridge over Mississippi River on LA 10
May 6, 2011: Updated by Cliff Darby: Forced open due to flooding of the Mississippi

Recent Comments 

Posted November 29, 2017

Roger that, David. I ride by this bridge somewhat frequently on my motorcycle, but I always pay more attention to the old railroad trestle right up the bayou ;) Wish I had pictures of it!

Posted November 27, 2017

I think the build date for this bridge is inaccurate, based on the design of the bridge, and the traffic estimate coming from before the "build date" of 1991. A bridge appears at this location on the 1949 topographical map, so I would assume this bridge is at least that old.

Posted November 27, 2017

Thanks for the excellent new info and pic, James! Would you mind sharing how we can find images like what you posted, as well as the contract and construction info? I would love to do my own independent research on other bridges.

Specific to this bridge, we could narrow down the exact date of closing / abandonment to when the levee was constructed here, as the levee was plopped directly over old SR 20 / Highway 1. I imagine both the old route and current route were open concurrently at least until the levee was constructed, severing the route.

Posted November 4, 2017

From the satelite view this appears to not headwind bridge. Was the swing bridge possibly replaced?

Posted October 31, 2017

Wish I was closer and could check out this bridge! IDK if it is open or not; Historic Aerials seems to show it open in 1994. Hard to tell after that. Seems like an odd place to build a bridge in the 1960s, though I suppose I could see a need for a cut-across between 17 and 577.

Posted October 24, 2017

What a beautiful bridge!!

Posted October 24, 2017

Wood decks like this scare the mess out of me! What a neat bridge, though. Glad to hear it has avoided the torch thus far.

Posted October 4, 2017

Thanks for the updates, Roger!

Box Culverts
Posted September 25, 2017

While I typically avoid any sort of culvert when considering historic bridges, I wanted to get some opinions on REALLY old examples on original auto trails / US highways. For example, there is a culvert built on the original US 71 / Jefferson Highway circa 1931. The road is all but abandoned, as it was bypassed when US 71 was straightened in the 1950s, and the culvert / road are near an abandoned railroad, complete with old-style X-ing sign. So while the culvert itself is not especially "cool", the surrounding area has lots of ties to history. I figured I would gain some others' opinions before I added this to the site. Thank you for your thoughts.

Posted September 21, 2017

Awesome. Thanks so much for the update! Glad to see a picture, as well! The through-trusses are dwindling in our state, so its good to see one extant and somewhat used.

Posted September 19, 2017

Historic Aerials confirms this was on the Jefferson Highway, as you can clearly make out the old alignment that continued through Sparrow Lane's intersection with Kateland Road on the 1955 imagery.

Historic Aerials may be my favorite web page :)

Posted September 19, 2017

I gotta say, I'm not sure this bridge is extant, much less open to traffic. Maybe a local will chime in, as this is a few hours north of me in Cenla.

Posted September 15, 2017

Now I am even more intrigued by the abandoned bridge northwest of here on the old alignment of highway 1. Carnahan Creek is about as big as Bayou Jean de Jean and is a low area. The bridge is visible on Google Earth. Makes me wonder if it is also a deck truss.

Posted September 15, 2017

Thanks for the new pictures, Brian. This is one of my favorite bridges on the site. Sad to see it deteriorating, as your pics make it seem the beams are starting to rust pretty bad.

Posted September 11, 2017

Historic Aerials has a great image of this bridge in its prime in 1971.