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Old US 11 West Pearl River Bridge

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West Pearl River Bridge (October 1926)

The West Pearl River Bridge on what was then the Old Spanish Trail, pictured in October 1926 shortly before completion.

The Times-Picayune, October 24, 1926, sec. 4, p. 7

BH Photo #467339

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Description 

Constructed for about $119,000 beginning in May 1925. Due to significant delays, a temporary barge-and-cable ferry was established in June 1926 so that the remainder of the newly completed Old Spanish Trail between Pearl River and the Mississippi state line could be placed into service, cutting the distance between New Orleans and the MS Gulf Coast by about 60 miles. The bridge was officially opened on November 22, 1926.

This bridge carried the original routing of US 90 before it was relocated to the current alignment via Pearlington, MS in 1937. The old route was then assumed by US 11. The bridge was bypassed for through traffic when the parallel I-59 span was completed in 1964 (co-signed as US 11). Due to its unsafe condition, the old bridge was initially closed to traffic then reopened due to local demand. After being closed again in 1968, the state made repairs to keep it in use until an additional interchange on I-55 better serving the town of Pearl River was built in 1971. The bridge was likely demolished soon afterward. [Source for most of the above info is the "U.S. Route 11 in Louisiana" article on Wikipedia.]

Facts 

Overview
Lost bridge over West Pearl River on Old US 11 (originally US 90)
Location
Pearl River, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1926; removed 1970s
Builder
- Vincennes Bridge Co. of Vincennes, Indiana
Design
One 216 ft. steel draw span, two 120 ft. steel truss spans on concrete piers, with cresoted timber approaches.
Dimensions
Total length: 730.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.38592, -89.73819   (decimal degrees)
30°23'09" N, 89°44'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/236886/3364730 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 44494 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 5, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 5, 2020: New photo from Roger Collins
  • February 17, 2020: Updated by Roger Collins: Added some design details.
  • April 27, 2017: Updated by Roger Collins: Added opening date and details to description.
  • March 28, 2016: Updated by Jared Rainer: Included more specific information
  • March 18, 2010: Added by Jared Rainer

Sources 

  • Jared Rainer - chumrain [at] bayspringstel [dot] net
  • Jared
  • Douglas Butler