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Bayou Teche Bridge, Spanning Bayou Teche, Ruth, St. Martin Parish, LA



B&W Photos

HB503170
View, Looking West, Showing Bracing

HB503171
View Of Swing Span, Looking West

HB503172
View Of Open Bridge, Showing Pivot Pier, Looking Southwest

HB503173
View Of Closed Bridge, Showing Pivot Pier, Looking Southwest

HB503174
View Of Men Operating Catstans To Close Bridge, Looking West

HB503175
View Of Open Bridge, Showing Pivot Pier, Looking West

HB503176
View Of Closed Bridge, Looking Underneath East Approach

HB503177
Close-up View Of Open Bridge, Showing Pivot Pier

HB503178
Close-up View Of Open Bridge, Showing Pivot Pier At Left And Bridge Trestle Approach At Right

HB503179
View Of Closed Bridge, Showing Bridge Deck And Guard Rail, Looking East

HB503180
View Of Closed Bridge, Showing Bridge Deck And Guard Rail, Looking West


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Item Title


Location
Spanning Bayou Teche, Ruth, LA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER LA-8
Building/structure dates: 1932 initial construction
Significance: Bayou Teche Bridge is the oldest existing steel I-beam swing span in Louisiana. This bridge is 246 feet long and 15 feet wide. A hand-operated, equal arm swing span bridge, it was designed for a live load of 7.5 tons. The steel swing span is 106 feet long, the remaining length being made up of timber trestle approaches. The bridge was altered when a column bracing (guywires) was added. Routine maintenance has included the replacement of pilings.

Subjects
Swing Bridges
Bridge Construction
Steel I-beams


Related Names
DeBore, Etienne
Long, Gov. Huey Pierce
Mendez, Ron Antonio


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW, LOOKING WEST, SHOWING BRACING
2. VIEW OF SWING SPAN, LOOKING WEST
3. VIEW OF OPEN BRIDGE, SHOWING PIVOT PIER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
4. VIEW OF CLOSED BRIDGE, SHOWING PIVOT PIER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
5. VIEW OF MEN OPERATING CATSTANS TO CLOSE BRIDGE, LOOKING WEST
6. VIEW OF OPEN BRIDGE, SHOWING PIVOT PIER, LOOKING WEST
7. VIEW OF CLOSED BRIDGE, LOOKING UNDERNEATH EAST APPROACH
8. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF OPEN BRIDGE, SHOWING PIVOT PIER
9. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF OPEN BRIDGE, SHOWING PIVOT PIER AT LEFT AND BRIDGE TRESTLE APPROACH AT RIGHT
10. VIEW OF CLOSED BRIDGE, SHOWING BRIDGE DECK AND GUARD RAIL, LOOKING EAST
11. VIEW OF CLOSED BRIDGE, SHOWING BRIDGE DECK AND GUARD RAIL, LOOKING WEST


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