We drive across the Saint Claude Avenue Bridge at least once a day. We use it to get to da Parish and we use it to get to Miss Kitty who makes our favorite fried shrimp po boy in the 9th Ward.
But we were ignorant as to many of the facts about the bridge. Here’s a handful courtesy of the Bridgehunter website:
Built in 1919 by the Bethlehem Steel Bridge Corporation as a combination rail/highway bridge; later converted to an all highway bridge.
Built by: Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois.
Dimensions: Span length: 137.1 ft.
Total length: 137.1 ft.
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Elevation: 17 ft. above sea level