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A. Hazard Perry Memorial Bridge


Coushatta bridge

Photo taken by Gary Fields for Shreveport Times, March 26, 1987 issue, page 21

BH Photo #431064



Constructed between March 1931 and February 1932 at a cost of $450,000 and officially opened to traffic on March 7, replacing a ferry service. In 1934, it was named for A. Hazard Perry, who was credited for starting the movement to get the bridge constructed. The bridge became part of US 84 when that route was extended through Louisiana in 1935.

The bridge was demolished by Jensen Construction Co. immediately following the completion of its replacement in the fall of 1990. Due to safety concerns, it had been reduced to one lane of traffic (westbound and eastbound traffic taking turns controlled by traffic signals) since 1988.


Lost steel through truss bridge over Red River on US 84
Coushatta, Red River Parish, Louisiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1932; replaced 1990
- J.E. Hayes (superintendent of construction)
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- P.V. Pennybacker (supervising engineer for Louisiana Highway Commission)
1,476 ft. through truss construction, supported by concrete piers, with 248 ft. of concrete trestle approaches. Span specs west to east as follows: seven concrete girder spans, three 250' steel spans, one 320' steel through truss swing span (providing two 140' openings for river traffic), one 140' steel through truss span, one 31' concrete girder span.
Length of largest span: 320.0 ft.
Total length: 4,600.0 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
A. H. Perry Bridge
Coushatta Bridge
Red River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.01305, -93.35351   (decimal degrees)
32°00'47" N, 93°21'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/466613/3541936 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82237 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 5, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added specs, adjusted completion year, and added description text.
  • July 14, 2018: Added by M. D. Caillet

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