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Posted by Tasha Weiss on April 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM.
Calling all Huey P. shutterbugs! To commemorate the third and last bridge segment lift of the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project, in New Orleans, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and Louisiana TIMED Managers (LTM) have launched an online photo contest for the public to showcase their shots of the memorable last lift scheduled for this Saturday — view live camera images of the lift starting at 5 a.m. Photo entries are due by Friday, April 15. For thorough information on how to enter the photo contest, visit LTM’s bridge project website here.
If you don’t have a chance to visit the Huey P. Bridge, you can still participate in the photo contest’s People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite photo after next Friday. Submitted photos will be available on the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project Facebook page or at www.yogile.com/hueypbridge, for those without Facebook access.
The Huey P. Long Bridge, a cantilevered steel truss bridge, was opened to traffic in 1935 and has served the New Orleans area residents and visitors for almost 75 years. The widening of the bridge is being accomplished by adding new trusses to each side of the bridge - providing a safer, more reliable Mississippi River crossing. This four-phase project began in April 2006, and the entire project will be complete in 2013. Check out time-lapse videos of the first two big lifts at www.timedla.com/bridge/long/activity/.
For background about the innovative erection plan devised to erect the widening trusses span by span, as well as photos highlighting the project’s first and second lift, read the September 2010 article in MSC. More information about the project can also be found by checking out our previous Steel Shots post from last July 2.