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UP - Wax Lake Outlet Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by David Backlin in March 2010

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BH Photo #159143

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Description 

The bridge was built across dry land before the outlet canal was dug. When the bridge was finished, a canal was dug under the structure. The bridge was built to serve the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company (a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Company).

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Wax Lake Outlet on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1941 by the Bethlehem Steel Co. for the Southern Pacific Railway
Builder
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Texas & New Orleans Railroad (TNO)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Three span polygonal through truss with riveted connections.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 1,340.0 ft.
Also called
SP - Wax Lake Outlet Bridge
Calumet Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.69834, -91.37378   (decimal degrees)
29°41'54" N, 91°22'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/657327/3286465 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Patterson
Inventory number
BH 44610 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 20, 2011: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge was built in 1940 by the Bethlehem Steel Co.
  • May 3, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type.
  • March 27, 2010: New photo from David Backlin
  • March 26, 2010: Added by David Backlin

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