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Morgan City Railroad Bridge

Morgan City Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 9, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (BNSF) Over Atchafalaya River (Berwick Bay)
Location
Berwick and Morgan City: St. Mary Parish, Louisiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Rim Bearing Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 12 Panel Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Tower Drive)
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1908 By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1969
Main Span Length
270 Feet (82 Meters)
Structure Length
1,837 Feet (560 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This swing bridge was later altered in the 1960s by the addition of a vertical lift span at the other end of the bridge. The swing span remains in place, but no longer operates for boats, since the vertical lift bridge serves that purpose.

Bridge lengths given are estimates. Because of the unusual history of the bridge, please note the main span type and length refers to the swing span, even though today it is not the largest span. The swing span is estimated at 270 feet, while the lift span is estimated at very roughly 360 feet. 

Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri built the 1969 lift span. The Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company of Leavenworth, Kansas built the substructure for the 1908 bridge. Reportedly, the Phoenix Bridge Company built the 1908 superstructure as well. Of interest, the previous bridge at this location was an 1880s Phoenix Column through truss bridge also built by Phoenix Bridge Company.

 

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