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Steel Structure Trivia: The Old and the New
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM.

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Here’s MSC’s June Steel Structure Trivia question! New Orleans’ seven-year-long $1.2-billion Huey P. Long Expansion Project was completed on June 16 when the updated bridge was fully open to drivers. The widening of this landmark steel bridge accommodates increasing regional traffic flow and today’s increased load requirements. The above image is a composite artwork of the bridge using an original and recent construction photo. Your trivia question is: What year did the original Huey P. Long Bridge open? Photo: Courtesy of Shane Peck at LA Timed Managers (new construction photo) and Joe Spadea / Modjeski and Masters who provided the original photo and created the compilation.

 

Answer:
The original Huey P. Long Bridge opened in 1935. Congratulations to our winners: Thomas Sputo of Sputo and Lammert Engineering, LLC, in Gainesville, Fla., and Jon Hamann of Cives Steel Company in Augusta, Maine.

 

New Orleans’ seven-year-long $1.2-billion Huey P. Long Expansion Project was completed last month when the updated bridge was fully open to drivers. The unprecedented bridge widening adds an additional travel lane and shoulders in each direction, expanding the bridge from two 9-ft travel lanes to three 11-ft travel lanes in each direction. The updated bridge accommodates increasing regional traffic flow and today’s increased load requirements.

 

“Modjeski and Masters has a long history with the Huey P. Long Bridge and the completion of the widening project marks the beginning of a new era for the city of New Orleans and Huey P. Long Bridge travelers,” said Bruce Peterson, senior associate and Huey P. Long Bridge Widening project manager at Modjeski and Masters. “The ability to expand the bridge versus replace it is a testament to the original bridge’s solid design – saving money for the state of Louisiana and taxpayers alike.”

 

The Huey P. Long Bridge was originally constructed in the 1930s as one of the first Mississippi River spans built in Louisiana. The cantilevered steel through truss bridge was originally designed by Ralph Modjeski, founding partner at Modjeski and Masters – the same engineering firm that created the innovative design for the expansion project. The seven-year project was divided into four phases, including main bridge pier widening, rail modifications, main bridge truss widening and construction of new approaches.

 

For more information on the Huey P. Long Widening Project, visit www.modjeski.com/projects/detail.aspx?Hu
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. You can also read an article from the September 2010 issue of MSC which features photos and details on the project’s erection plan.

 

 


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