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Sarto Bridge

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Sarto Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 14, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Bayou des Glaises
Location
Big Bend: Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: Austin Bridge Company of Dallas, Texas

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2011
Main Span Length
127 Feet (39 Meters)
Structure Length
275 Feet (84 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is one of the oldest highway swing bridges surviving in the state. The bridge had been abandoned since 1988, but in 2011, the bridge was converted for pedestrian use. The bridge was not restored, indeed no repairs were made to the truss lines. Modern steel beams were added (and the original truss floorbeams were removed), turning the bridge into a steel stringer bridge with non-functional, decorative trusses. While not the best preservation solution (the original trusses were probably feasible to restore for pedestrian usage) the effort is better than doing nothing,and people can once again walk on the bridge and view the parts of the bridge up close. 

This bridge features a hybrid mix of pin and riveted connections. The truss design is unusual, essentially consisting of two Queenpost style trusses linked by the central swing tower. A Jones and Laughlin brand is visible on the curved beam on the swing pier.

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This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Trusses Converted To Decorative

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31.073883,-91.792640

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