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City Park Avenue Bridge


City Park Avenue Bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in December 2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #449846


Opened to traffic on October 31, 1915, replacing a disabled bridge at the same location. The bridge was opened early to accommodate All Saints' Day traffic in the cemeteries. It was formally accepted by the city in December 1915.

Penn Bridge Co. bid $34,800 for its construction, and the final cost was estimated at $49,000. It originally contained two roadways, two sidewalks, and streetcar tracks for possible extension of the Canal Street line through Metairie Ridge.

The bridge was demolished in 1951, and the New Basin Canal was filled in for construction of the Pontchartrain Expressway (now Interstate 10).


Deck girder bridge over former New Basin Canal on City Park Avenue/Metairie Road
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Built 1915, demolished 1951
- Penn Bridge Co. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Deck girder bascule
Total length: 65.0 ft.
Also called
Halfway Bridge
Halfway House Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.98105, -90.11361   (decimal degrees)
29°58'52" N, 90°06'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/778497/3320192 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Orleans East
Inventory number
BH 61748 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added description text and corrected GPS location (was shown at 17th Street Canal).
  • November 30, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 16, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 16, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 15, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • April 27, 2017: Updated by Roger Collins: Added year demolished
  • May 19, 2016: New photos from Luke
  • July 17, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler



City Park Avenue Bridge
Posted May 19, 2016, by Luke

The caption on Wikipedia states that the bridge is near the Halfway House, which according to http://www.old-new-orleans.com/NO_Halfway_House.html was on City Park Avenue

City Park Avenue Bridge
Posted May 19, 2016, by Douglas Butler

Hey Luke that is not the City Park Avenue bridge them pictures are the wrong pictures those pictures goes to the Tennison bridge page.