Huey P. Long Bridge (Jefferson Parish)

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Huey P. Long Bridge
The Huey Long Bridge in 2007, when widening work had just begun.
Coordinates29°56′39″N 90°10′08″W / 29.94417°N 90.16889°W / 29.94417; -90.16889
Carries6 lanes of US 90
2 tracks of the NOPB
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleJefferson Parish, Louisiana
Maintained byNew Orleans Public Belt Railroad
ID number022600060100001
DesignCantilever truss bridge
Total length8,076 feet (2,462 m) (road)
22,996 feet (7,009 m) (rail)
Longest span790 feet (241 m)
Clearance below153 feet (47 m)
Construction cost$13.4 million[1][2] (equivalent to $189 million in 2016 dollars)
OpenedDecember 1935
(widened June 2013)
Daily traffic43,000 (2008)

The Huey P. Long Bridge is a bridge in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. It is a cantilevered steel through-truss bridge. It carries a railroad line and US 90 over the Mississippi River.

The bridge opened in December 1935. It was named for the Governor Huey P. Long, who was killed on September 8 of that year. It was designed by Polish-American engineer Ralph Modjeski. It is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

References[change | change source]

  1. Betsy Swanson (2003). Historic Jefferson Parish: From Shore to Shore. Pelican Publishing. p. 100.
  2. Andrea Shaw (June 13, 2013), $1.2 billion Huey P. Long Bridge widening to end steering-wheel death grip, Nola, retrieved November 1, 2021