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Butte Larose Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 10, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Herman Dupuis Road (Parish Road 196) Over Crocodile Bayou
Location
Rural: St. Martin Parish, Louisiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal Pontoon, Movable: Swing and Approach Spans: Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1960 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
40 Feet (12 Meters)
Structure Length
240 Feet (73 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 18 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
35030169914401

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This unique bridge is the most unusual of the surviving pontoon swing bridges, a bridge type that is almost unheard of in modern times outside of Louisiana. With a pontoon swing bridge, the movable part of the bridge is a floating barge, that is physically floated away from the roadway to allow boats to pass. This pontoon bridge feautres bascule ramps that connect the fixed approach spans to the pontoon barge, and their movement not only frees the pontoon to be operated for boats, but the adjustable ramps also allow for small changes in water level. Perhaps the most unique feature of this bridge is the large tubular counterweights that parallel the roadway and are connected to sheaves. These are part of a system that allows the roadway to be adjusted and maintained at the correct elevation at significantly different water levels. These counterweights assist with an adjustment system consisting of a steel tower with support pins at 12 inch increments. The pins can be moved to different slots to adjust the roadway level. When HistoricBridges.org visited the bridge, water levels were fairly low, and the counterweights were positioned below the roadway. C. Hanchey provided additional photos in the photo gallery showing a higher water level in which the counterweights are located above the roadway level. Lastly, this video shows the bridge when water levels are very high.

Note: The main span of this bridge is a 40 foot section of roadway supported by a 52 foot long steel pontoon. HAER Documentation states the following: The bridge was moved and erected on current location ca. 1954. It was originally constructed in the 1930s in Vermillion Parish, where it reportedly crossed an oilfield canal. However it is unclear what parts of the bridge date to the 1930s and were in fact moved. The included HAER drawings show a 1951 standard plan for the pontoon.

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HAER Drawings, PDF - HAER Data Pages, PDF

Above: Photo from HAER Documentation showing bridge opened.

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Cars Crossing Bridge
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View Under Bridge With Cars Crossing
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Note: The downloadable high quality version of this video (available on the video page) is well worth the download since it offers excellent 1080 HD detail and is vastly more impressive than the compressed streaming video. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
30.281854,-91.735557

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