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Posted by Tasha Weiss on August 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM.
The final piece of steel in the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project was lowered into place at the top of the bridge in New Orleans on July 26. There is still some work to do on the truss above the roadway (the superstructure), but all of the steel members are in place. Photo: Louisiana TIMED program.
Widening the Huey P. Long Bridge is part of Louisiana’s $5 billion Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program, which includes two other major bridge projects and widening 536 miles of state highways.
This four-phase widening project has been long-awaited by local communities and is vital to the recovery of the Greater New Orleans area. According to the project website, it will add an additional travel lane and inside and outside shoulders to each side of the bridge - providing a safer, more reliable Mississippi River crossing. The first phase of the project began in April 2006 and the entire project will be complete in 2013.
View additional photos of the topping out and other Huey P. Long Bridge milestones, as well as other La. bridge projects, in the project manager’s photo gallery at www.timedla.com/gallery.
We’ve been tracking Huey P.’s progress for a while now and hope that you’ve enjoyed its journey with us. For more information and background on the project, visit the project website www.timedla.com/bridge/long/overview and take a look back at one of our previous news posts commemorating Huey P.’s Last Big Lift, here.