BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced the release of an illustrated guide to Louisiana's historic bridges.
The guide, titled Crossing the Bayou: Louisiana's Historic Bridges, will highlight Louisiana's bridge building and provide a guide to 150 historic bridges that represent significant engineering designs, important trends and historic events.
Readers will be able to search for a historic bridge by name, parish or type and each bridge will be profiled with a photo, description, history and importance. It will also identify the 33 bridges that the state has made a priority to receive preservation.
The project was started in 2012 when the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office and Federal Highway Administration joined forces to start a multi-phase statewide historic bridge inventory for state-owned and parish-bridges built through 1970.
DOTD later sought the help of Mead and Hunt, a national consulting firm that specializes in historic bridges, to assist with completing the historic bridge inventory.
A copy of Crossing the Bayou: Louisiana's Historic Bridges is accessible from DOTD and the Division of Preservation's website.