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TX82 - Sabine Pass Swing bridge

Created 25-April-2006.
 
Also see the Swing bridges of Southeast Texas Main Page, TX12 Swing bridge,
TX87/73 Swing bridge and the Bridge City Swing bridge pages.


The TX82 swing bridge is located on the border between Texas and Louisiana at the mouth of the Sabine River (Sabine Lake). The operator's shelter is the best condition of all the swing bridges. It is equipped with an emergency generator. The swing bridge was damaged from Hurricane Rita. It was repaired, but TxDOT has decided to replace the bridge. When replaced a piece of history will be lost. This photo was taken prior to Hurricane Rita. Notice that the gate arms are still attached.

Here are a couple of images to help gain an overall perspective of the location of the swing bridge. Texas is to the southwest, Louisiana is to the northeast.
 
Video #1 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
This video captures the opening of the bridge. The video was taken from the northeast corner of the platform for the operator's shelter.
 
Video #2 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
This video of the bridge opening was shot from the center of the west side roadway. You can see a boat go through the open bridge.
 
Video #3 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
This video of the bridge closing was shot after the Video #1 sequence..
 
Video #4 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
Here we have a close up of the bridge closing. You can really see how close the tolerance is between the bridge and the roadway.
 
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Photo #1 Taken 02-Nov-04 by Ron Jackson
This is a composite view created by stitching together a series of long range photos.
 
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Photo #2 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
The dedication plaque is in excellent condition. That is because it is being kept in the operator's shelter. It reads...
1957 - 1958
SABINE LAKE CAUSEWAY
A JOINT PROJECT
OF

JEFFERSON COUNTY
TEXAS
& CAMERON PARISH
LOUISIANA
COMMISSIONERS COURT
COUNTY JUDGE
JAMES A. KIRKLAND
COMMISSIONERS
DICK SHURLOCK PRECINCT 1
T.B. ELLISON PRECINCT 2
LAMAR LAWSON PRECINCT 3
TED R. WALKER PRECINCT 4
COUNTY CLERK
FRED G. HILL
COUNTY AUDITOR
E.S. FOREMAN
COUNTY ENGINEER
WILTIE O. BOWER
ATTORNEY
FRANK M. ADAMS
POLICE JURY
PRESIDENT
ERASTE HEBERT
SECRETARY
JOSEPH W. DOXEY
MEMBERS
HORACE B. MHIRE WARD 1
VIAN THERIOT WARD 2
CONWAY LEBLEU WARD 3
ERASTE HEBERT WARD 4
ARCHIE BERWICK WARD 5
BERNARD DUHON WARD 6
TREASURER
PERCY M. RICHARDS
ATTORNEY
J.B. JONES, JR.
ENGINEERS
J.B.CONVERSE & CO. INC. AND M.D. GATES
CONTRACTOR
LOUISIANA PAVING CO. INC.
 
 
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Photo #3 Taken 02-Nov-04 by Ron Jackson
The approach from the Texas side.
 
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Photo #4 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
A look southwest from the Louisiana side.

 
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Photo #5 Taken 02-Nov-04 by Ron Jackson
Looking from a boat ramp on the west bank.

 
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Photo #6 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
Looking west from the eastern gates to Texas.

 
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Photo #7 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
The west gate mechanism. The arm was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. As of April 28, 2007 it has been replaced.

 
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Photo #8 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
Looking at the west seam from the south side across the road surface. The curve in the joint can clearly be seen. Notice the very narrow clearance for the bridge to swing.

 
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Photo #9 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
A side view of the west seam, looking south.

 
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Photo #10 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
The pivot column and mechanism.

 
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Photo #11 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
Standing on the north shoulder looking east.

 
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Photo #12 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
Standing on the south shoulder looking east..

 
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Photo #13 Taken 07-Feb-06 by Ron Jackson
Standing on the platform for the operator's shelter looking east.

 
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Photo #14 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
Here is the operator's control panel. The gauge at the top is for wind direction and speed.

 
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Photo #15 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
A closer look at the grating.

 
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Photo #16 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
This ladder cage is for accessing the drive equipment which turns the bridge.

 
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Photo #17 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
This "pin"is used to turn the bridge manually in case of power failure or some other condition which would prevent the drive system from turning the bridge. To open (or close) the bridge manually takes roughly an hour per direction.
 
Notice how the grating in this section of the bridge has been filled with concrete. This is done to provide some rain protection to the drive system below.

 
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Photo #18 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
This is the motor control center which provides power to all of the electrical equipment associated with the bridge.

 
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Photo #19 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
Standing on the north shoulder looking west into Texas.

   
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Photo #20 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
Looking at the swing bridge while open we can see that the pivot column is not centered under this bridge, but offset to allow for a wider channel for boat traffic.
   
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Photo #21 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
A wider view of the operator's area. You can see the swing bridge through the windows.
   
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Photo #22 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
Looking towards Louisiana.
   
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Photo #23 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
A "wedge" is a device which holds the bridge in place and keeps the end(s) from moving while vehicle traffic goes over the bridge. Each end of this bridge has two wedges.
 
This photo shows the upper section of the mechanism which insert or retract the wedges. The wedge has been retracted for this photo.
   
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Photo #24 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
Here we see the lower section of the wedge mechanism. This section has the actual "wedge".
   
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Photo #25 Taken 04-Apr-07 by Ron Jackson
A driver's view approaching the gates going to Louisiana.
 
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