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Wagner Bridge (1976)

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Priest Canal Bridge

Elevation of plate girder spans from boat ramp on ICW

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Description 

This ICW Bridge is interesting because the bridge abruptly dead-ends at the end of the south approach, and all traffic is forced onto a ramp that essentially makes a U-Turn and heads back to the southern frontage road that the bridge passes over (LA 303). There is an abandoned highway stub at the southern terminus of the bridge so it appears that there once was a plan for a continuation of the highway to the west and/or southwest... perhaps as part of the Arcadian Thruway or a similar project.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Bayou Barataria (Intracoastal Waterway) on Lafitte Parkway
Location
Jean Lafitte, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1976
Design
Steel deck plate girder spans over ICW with extensive concrete stringer approach spans on both sides
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 220.2 ft.
Total length: 4,624.2 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Also called
LA-45 Intracoastal Waterway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.76203, -90.09981   (decimal degrees)
29°45'43" N, 90°05'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/780443/3295942 (zone/easting/northing)
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
7,042
Inventory number
BH 89290 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 74 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • May 16, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel

Sources 

  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Wagner Bridge (1976)
Posted May 30, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Priest Canal is this little side channel to the Northwest.

Wagner Bridge (1976)
Posted May 30, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

At least one version of the National Bridge Inventory listed this waterway as "Priest Canal".

Priest Canal Bridge
Posted May 29, 2020, by Jason Hoffman (504roadtrips [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm not sure where the name "Priest Canal Bridge" comes from. There is no Priest Canal that I can find any documentation of, and I've never heard anyone refer to this bridge by this name. The bridge is called the "Wagner Bridge", which replaced a 1930s swing bridge about 1/2 mile to the west (the Old Wagner Bridge). The waterway that this bridge crosses is Bayou Barataria, which doubles as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at this point. LA-3134 was originally called the Lafitte-Larose Highway, and was planned (going back 60 or 70 years) to connect with the town of Larose on Bayou Lafourche, 26 miles to the southwest. Construction stopped here in 1976 and that was the end of the project for the foreseeable future.