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Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM.
Last month’s opening of the new lanes on the Huey P. Long Bridge has been long-awaited by New Orleans locals. Traffic was switched from the bridge’s old lanes to two new lanes in each direction, bringing the $1.2-billion widening project one step closer to completion.
The traffic switch allowed the old lanes to be removed and the new travel lanes to be widened. Instead of completely replacing the bridge, bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters designed a steel support system to widen the existing truss. When completed, the bridge will also feature an additional travel lane and inside and outside shoulders to each side of the bridge, and the total driving surface width will be more than doubled, providing a safer, more reliable Mississippi River crossing.
The first phase of the expansion project began in April 2006, and the bridge is now in its final phase of construction. The entire project is slated to be completed in early 2013.
To learn more about the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project, visit www.timedla.com/bridge/long/overview. You can also take a look back at our previous news post, commemorating the bridge’s topping out last year, at http://bit.ly/nsXlQi.