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Huey P. Long Bridge

The Huey P. Long Bridge was constructed in 1935 and was the first bridge built in Louisiana that spanned the Mississippi River and the 29th built in the US.  It is a "cantilevered steel through truss" design.

In April, 2006, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, a sorely needed widening project was begun.   The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 16, 2013 marking its completion, both under budget and ahead of schedule.  The newly remodeled Huey P. Long Bridge now sports three 11-foot lanes in each direction that features an 8-foot outside and 2-foot inside shoulders making available a 43-foot width for each direction of travel.  Previously, there were only two narrow 9-foot lanes in each direction and no provisions for emergency traffic or vehicle breakdowns.  Huey P. Long Bridge now serves 3 lanes of traffic in each direction for US Hwy 90 at mile 106.1, as well as two tracks of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.  
 
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This was the aging, very narrow, and soaring Huey P. Long Bridge before June 16, 2013.
It crosses the Mississippi far up river from the Central Business District and provides free access to the East Bank.
It was named after the popular governor who initiated construction.

 

 

Gates of Dixie InfoBox: Huey P. Long

The Huey P. Long's longest span is 790 feet long and is 135 feet above the Mississippi River. The rail portion of the bridge is 22,996 feet long and extends as a rail viaduct well onto both sides of the Mississippi shore. The bridge is unusually flat to due to railroad traffic, but also accommodates motor vehicle traffic on an unusually narrow roadway. The Huey P. Long Bridge is the longest railroad bridge in the United States.

 

In this photo taken in 2010, the bridge was undergoing a widening project. 



The view of the Mississippi River from the Huey P Long.



In a photo from 2010, one could see the widening extensions alongside the bridge--as well as scaffolding.



Another view of the construction from the other side.


The view from under the Huey P Long looking towards the river.



A shot of the concrete extensions where the new span of the bridge was later laid.