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Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM.
When it opened in 1935, the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans was the first Mississippi River crossing for both railroad cars and automobiles, and, at the time, was the longest railroad bridge in the world. A new video tells the story of the Huey P. Bridge in just five minutes and you can view it on YouTube at http://bit.ly/pliCIe.
Now, 75 years later, the bridge has undergone a major expansion that 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 bridge is now in its final phase of construction. The entire project will be complete in 2013.
The video history of the Huey P. Bridge is one of several videos featured on the “Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project” channel on YouTube. You can also view time-lapse videos of the bridge’s three Big Lifts and other informational videos about the project by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/HueyPBridgeW
To learn more about the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project, visit www.timedla.com/bridge/long/overview and take a look back at one of our previous news posts commemorating Huey P.’s Topping Out at http://bit.ly/nsXlQi.