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Official opening of the "new" Huey Long bridge to be announced

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NEW ORLEANS, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Meeting with members of the media, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas will be giving a status update and a new opening date for the bridge.

The news conference will be held in the parking lot of Academy Sports, 800 S Clearview Pkwy, Harahan, LA 70123 (corner of Jefferson Highway and Clearview Pkwy at the base of the bridge on the East Bank).

The Huey P. Long Bridge is being widening from two narrow lanes to three lanes with shoulders in each direction.  The driving surface will more than double from 18 feet wide to 43 feet wide on both sides of the bridge.

Drivers began using two new lanes on the bridge in April 2012 so that the old lanes could be removed and the new lanes expanded to their final width on the bridge.  New ramps and overpasses are in use on the East and West Banks.  Two additional overpass ramps along with the new lanes on the bridge itself will be completed prior to the opening.

In case of bad weather, the news conference will be held at the Regional Traffic Management Center, 10 Veterans Blvd, New Orleans.

 

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