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



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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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