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Westlake Bridge


Side View from Below

Photo taken by David Backlin in November 2009


BH Photo #150271

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Calcasieu River on I-10 in Lake Charles
Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Open to traffic
Future prospects
On the long-term replacement list for LA DOTD, but no clear timeframe set
Built 1952
Warren through truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 419.8 ft.
Total length: 6,605.2 ft. (1.3 mi.)
Deck width: 52.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Also called
World War Memorial Bridge
Calcasieu River Bridge
Louisiana Memorial World War II Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.23705, -93.24684   (decimal degrees)
30°14'13" N, 93°14'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/476249/3345078 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 18984 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 76 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 23, 2021: Updated by Andy Peters: adds "Louisiana Memorial World War II Bridge" to Alternate Names
  • May 16, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Bridge is doomed but with no timeframe set
  • January 20, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Calcasieu River"
  • March 14, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 23, 2015: New photos from M. D. Caillet
  • October 4, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • May 19, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • October 8, 2012: New Street View added by K. A. Erickson
  • October 8, 2012: New photo from Jared Mixson
  • June 21, 2010: New photos from Cliff Darby
  • June 20, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • December 1, 2009: New photo from David Backlin



Westlake Bridge
Posted September 10, 2020, by Cliff D

DOTD inspected the bridge and deemed it safe to reopen.

Insert your own jokes here about "safe to reopen" and the terrible sufficiency rating.

Westlake Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was watching ABC World News out of Philly on channel 6 and they showed the boat against the bridge.Didn't mention any damage to either boat or the bridge.

Westlake Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was watching ABC World News out of Philly on channel 6 and they showed the boat against the bridge.Didn't mention any damage to either boat or the bridge.

Westlake Bridge
Posted August 27, 2020, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge closed due to collision with casino riverboat during Hurricane Laura. Closer inspection not yet possible.


I10 Calcasieu River Bridge
Posted October 13, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove over this bridge last year. People are not kidding when they talk about this bridge having steep approaches. Going over this bridge is quite a ride!

There is a bypass loop around the city, and it avoids this bridge.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted May 13, 2015, by Ryan (notmyemail [at] email [dot] com)

I can't believe someone actually thought those were real pistols!

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted February 24, 2015, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure of the economics of it, but a parallel span a little wider than this one could be the answer. Build the new span. Reroute both directions of traffic onto it.

Close the existing span and remove much of the approaches, refurbish the bridge. Build new less steep approaches. Route unidirectional traffic on the old bridge and the opposite on the new bridge. .

This would minimize the environmental issues related to removing the existing bridge, have the historic span remain, and maybe save some money.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted February 20, 2013, by Robert Teal (robert [dot] c [dot] teal [at] gmail [dot] com)

The pistols are not actual pistols. They're just pieces of iron shaped like pistols. I drive over this bridge twice a day on my way to work in Lafayette and on my way home to Sulphur. I have totaled a car on this bridge. An 18 wheeler tire came off and because the bridge is so narrow, I had no where to bail out. I had to eat it and it ripped the entire undercarriage of my car apart. I can assure you, this bridge is a deathtrap. It's also unstable, no matter what LA DOD says. They know that it is structurally unsound as well. What few people realize is that there is absolutely no way to build a new bridge on the present location. In fact, they can't even do much to improve the Westlake exit. Unbeknownst to most, including the people that live in this area, is that the boggy/marshy area to the northwest of the bridge contains a toxic stew of vinyl chloride and polychlorinated biphenyl and God knows what else. If they drive new bridge pilings into this area, they could release these nasty things into the groundwater. They can't build further north because SASOL if expanding their gas plant in that area. They can't build further south because Isle of Capri is there. Catch 22.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted October 8, 2012, by Jared Mixson

Here's the scoop on the pistols

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted July 19, 2012, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I highly doubt anyone would waste 10,000 Civil War pistols on a bridge in 1950. Maybe they are modeled after Civil War pistols, which is neat, but not historic in itself. Though it does add character to the bridge.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted July 19, 2012, by ROBERT REED HUTCHINGS (DIRTRIDER444444 [at] AOL [dot] COM)





Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted June 9, 2012, by Anonymous

I have traveled this bridge many times since I was a young child and although the facts lead you to believe that the bridge is structurally unstable, there is historical value associated with the bridge. If you look at the detail of this bridge carefully, you will notice pistols lining the bridge on either side. Over 10,000 pistols have been carefully crossed to provide a design unique to this bridge, and from my understanding the pistols have been dated back to the civil war. To suggest that this landmark be destroyed is in my opinion completely irrational. The bridge can be renovated to provide structural stability. To demolish this piece of history and remarkable design will be a true loss to the people of Louisiana and all traveling this route.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted September 29, 2011, by richard guyote (rguyote [at] camtel [dot] net)

Calcasieu River 1-10 bridge and I-210. NO LIGHTS dark at night.

I have been over bridges all over the USA, Mexico, and Europe, they all have good lighting. There is no excuse.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted June 20, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Drove over this bridge on my way to Houston today... Street Views don't do justice to how steep this bridge is.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted December 30, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Claudia, the information about all of the bridges on this site comes from a federal database known as the National Bridge Inventory. The information is readily available. Here is the rest of the current data about this bridge:

Place Name: Lake Charles, Louisiana

NBI Structure Number: 071004509127691

Facility Carried: I0010

Feature Intersected: CALCASIEU RIVER, RR, STS

Location: I-10 OVER LA 378

Year Built: 1952

This bridge is Structurally Deficient

Owned and maintained by: State Highway Agency

Functional Classification: Urban Principal Arterial - Interstate

Service On Bridge: Highway

Service Under Bridge: Highway-waterway-railroad

Lanes On Structure: 4

Lanes Under Structure: 8

Structure Length: 2013.8 m

Bridge Roadway Width: 16 m

Operating Rating: 44.1 Metric Tons

Navigation Vertical Clearance: 41.1 m

Minimum Vertical Underclearance: 5.61 m over Highway

Number of Spans in Main Unit: 7 Spans

Material Design: Steel continuous

Design Construction: Truss - Thru

Number of Approach Spans: 90

Approach Material Design: Steel

Approach Design Construction: Stringer/Multi-beam or Girder

Scour: Correctional countermeasures installed, no longer scour critical

Bridge Railing: Does not meet currently acceptable standards.

Structural Evaluation: Meets minimum tolerable limits to be left in place as is

Water Adequacy Evaluation: Equal to present desirable criteria

Estimated Total Improvement Project Cost: $33,754,000

Year of Project Cost Estimate: 2008

Average Daily Traffic: 51,300

Year of Average Daily Traffic: 2007

Sufficiency Rating: 24.9 %

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted December 29, 2009, by Claudia (Claudia4578 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

For David backlin: I would like to know the references from which you got this information to know how valid this scary information is. I cross this bridge alot so I'm concerned. Thanks

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted November 16, 2009, by Chris (Crocfan20 [at] Yahoo [dot] com)

They're not the greatest quality,but here are some old images of the I-10 Calcasieu River bridge I took back in the winter of '07.To say this bridge is narrow would be an understatement...hopefully the replacement will be avast improvement over it but won't be a UCEB.

Calcasieu River I-10 Bridge
Posted January 5, 2009, by Lee Roberts (w5ljr [at] netcommander [dot] com)

How do I find the drawings of the various new approachs,(interchanges) into Westlake that will show the New I-10 Bridge as well as the present bridge? These use to be on this site. I live in Westlake and would like to again be able to view them.---Thanks. Lee Roberts.