Houma Canal LA 3197 Bridge
Approach from the southeast
Photo taken by Brian R. Warren in May 2021
BH Photo #498477
Construction of the bridge was required after the Houma Canal was dug in the 1920s between the Intracoastal Waterway and Bayou Black. It was built by Robinson & Young of Baton Rouge, its design featuring an electrically operated swing span, and opened to traffic on August 5, 1938. It served as part of US 90 until being re-routed onto the Barrow Street extension around 1977, which rendered the bridge obsolete. Claiming its age and unreliability made it an obstruction to marine traffic, the state permanently closed the bridge to all traffic in June 2003 (the swing span remaining in the open position), a move that was controversial with local residents.
- Swing bridge over Houma Canal on LA 3197 (formerly US 90) in Houma
- Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
- Closed to all traffic
- Opened August 5, 1938; permanently closed June 20, 2003
- - Robinson & Young
Length of largest span: 136.1 ft.
Total length: 164.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.9 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +29.57833, -90.72167 (decimal degrees)
29°34'42" N, 90°43'18" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/720693/3274229 (zone/easting/northing)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
- Inventory number
- BH 19155 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of June 2018)
- Sufficiency rating: 13.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- May 13, 2021: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
- May 13, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
- May 13, 2021: New photos from Brian R. Warren
- April 28, 2017: Updated by Roger Collins: Added details
- November 4, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
- J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Brian R. Warren
- Douglas Butler
- Cliff Darby - cliffsta1987 [at] gmail [dot] com