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Gillis Long Bridge


From NE

Photo taken by Cliff Darby in January 2010


BH Photo #155516


Street Views 


The Gillis Long bridge replaced an earlier swing bridge named the Murray Street bridge (named for conencting Main Street in Pineville with Murray Street in Alexandria).

This bridge can be seen in the opening of "Cajun Pawn Stars" on History Channel.


Vertical lift bridge over Red River on US 165B in Pineville
Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Open to traffic
Built 1985
- Jensen Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa & Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Vertical lift
Length of largest span: 300.0 ft.
Total length: 1,028.6 ft.
Deck width: 35.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.5 ft.
Also called
Jackson Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.31392, -92.44441   (decimal degrees)
31°18'50" N, 92°26'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/552865/3464526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory number
BH 19099 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 90.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2017: New Street View added by Luke
  • January 10, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 6, 2012: Updated by Cliff Darby: Reopened after repairs completed
  • January 3, 2012: Updated by Cliff Darby: Closed for repairs
  • June 7, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Updated Name
  • March 7, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Added Street View
  • March 6, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Edited Description
  • February 19, 2010: New photos from Cliff Darby

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Gillis Long Bridge
Posted August 23, 2013, by Cliff

This bridge will be closing for the rest of 2013 for rehabilitation.

Red River US 165B Bridge
Posted January 31, 2010, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge to the south is the "Purple Heart Memorial Bridge" it replaced a four-lane vertical lift bridge very similar to this bridge. The northbound bridge was built on the original piers of the old bridge, which was known as the "Fulton Street Bridge". Notice the difference in size. I cannot find any pictures of the old bridge though I will dig through our family photos. Maybe a page for the Fulton Street bridge should be created if information can be found for it.

Red River US 165B Bridge
Posted January 31, 2010, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All but the last picture above were from the north bank. These are from the south bank.

Maybe someone smarter than me can name this truss style.

Red River US 165B Bridge
Posted January 31, 2010, by Cliff D (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The official name is "Gillis Long Bridge" named after the politician. Also known locally as the "Jackson Street Bridge".