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Magnolia Bridge

Harding Drive Bridge, Cabrini Bridge

Magnolia Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 9, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway (Harding Drive) Over Bayou St. John
Location
New Orleans: Orleans Parish, Louisiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1886 By Builder/Contractor: Smith Bridge Company of Toledo, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2019
Main Span Length
137 Feet (42 Meters)
Structure Length
137 Feet (42 Meters)
Roadway Width
13 Feet (3.96 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is among the oldest surviving highway swing bridges in the country. It was built by the Smith Bridge Company in 1886 at Esplanade Avenue and moved to its current location by the Penn Bridge Company of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1909, replacing a footbridge at this location. It has been repaired in 1936, 1961, and converted for pedestrian use only in 1989. The most recent rehabilitation was completed in 2019. The bridge portal bracing and center sway bracing has an unusual notch in the center, that may not be original to the bridge. This notch may be related to the fact that the bridge served streetcar traffic starting in 1897, with the notches being for an overhead catenary system.

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