It seems like bridges along the Gulf Coast are in a constant state of disrepair. In this photo the bridge is being put back together after Hurricane Katrina came through (in August 2005). I was reviewing my trip on Google Earth and found a photo of the bridge being repaired again after being hit by a tugboat pulling eight barges in 2009. The bridge tender opened the double-leaf bascule spans for the tugboat, but the operator must have had trouble with the current because he knocked out a bridge span instead. If it's not hurricanes, or errant vessels, its oil spills for the ill-fated residents of Biloxi's Back Bay.
The Popps Ferry Bridge has long and short precast I girder approaches and a 180 ft wide channel opening. The bridge was originally built in 1979 but its been rebuilt several times.
I'm afraid we are going to see a lot more damaged movable bridges before we get out of the Gulf. We estimated there was over $2 billion in bridge damage from Hurricane Katrina and many of these bridges have movable spans.
Movable Bridges - Popps Ferry Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
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