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Leo Kerner Bridge


Photo taken in August 2015

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #349750

Street View 


Swing pony truss bridge over Bayou Barataria on LA 302 in Jean Lafitte
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Destroyed by Hurricane Ida in 2021
Built 1948
Polygonal Warren pony truss swing.
Length of largest span: 207.9 ft.
Total length: 521.8 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
Also called
Bayou Barataria LA 302 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.73323, -90.12773   (decimal degrees)
29°43'60" N, 90°07'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/777821/3292680 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 19030 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 12, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 9, 2016: New photos from M. D. Caillet
  • May 20, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 1, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected Name
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


Leo Kerner Bridge - struck by multiple vessels
Posted August 29, 2021, by Dan Henry (dhenrydc [at] hotmail [dot] com)

WWL is reporting the Kerner Bridge (this bridge?) "has been struck by multiple vessels. It is off the pedestal and in the water." There are currently 12-16 barges loose on the river due to Hurricane Ida.

Leo Kerner Bridge
Posted November 24, 2020, by Nathan B Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Leo Kerner Bridge
Posted June 1, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Bayou Barataria LA 302 Bridge
Posted January 18, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Well, we're all just volunteers here, and the 2007 data came from the 2008 National Bridge Inventory, or NBI, which isn't always complete.

All we know is what we read in the media. A google news search reveals that repairs on the bridge were supposed to begin last Summer, with the work being done overnight from 8 PM Saturday to 5 AM Sunday and was expected to last about four weeks. You could confirm for us that bridge is the only passage to Bayou Barataria, except for passenger ferry service which was supposed to run overnight.

According to some of the news reports out there, the work was performed on the gearing that opperates the bridge; because the bridge opens up to 30 times a day and it takes 15 minutes to open. [Author's note: Open? Or cycle open and closed? If it takes 15 minutes to open, one could assume it takes 15 minutes to close. If we count the time to allow boat traffic to pass, one could believe it takes the better part of an hour to perform a cycle. If there are 30 openings in a 24 hour day, it seems like the bridge closes to allow vehicular traffic more than it opens to allow boat traffic. I would hope the reporter meant it takes 15 minutes to cycle open and closed.]

Back in 2005, federal funds were earmarked to design a new bridge, one that would offer 40-45 feet of river clearance, far more clearance than the 7 feet of the current structure. A movable span on the new stucture would still be required to open at least twice a day. I have been unable to locate any newer information than that.

Since you use the bridge, perhaps you could take some digital photos of the Kerner Bridge so they can be posted here?

Bayou Barataria LA 302 Bridge
Posted January 18, 2009, by Lennie & Cathy Koenig (lenkoenig [at] juno [dot] com)


Your last update on this bridge is 2007. We cross this bridge daily and we're seeing work being done. Can you give us an update on the work in progress?

Any information is appreciated.

Thank you.