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Huey P. Long Bridge

Huey P. Long Jefferson Parish Bridge

Huey P. Long Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 9, 2019

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Key Facts

Location
Bridge City and Elmwood: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: United States
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever 22 Panel Multiple-Type-Connected Baltimore Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Modjeski and Masters

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2013
Main Span Length
790 Feet (241 Meters)
Structure Length
22,996 Feet (7,009 Meters)
Roadway Width
84 Feet (25.6 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
22600060100001

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This immense bridge is a unique structure that is only more unique following a major widening project completed in 2013. As originally designed, the three span cantilever bridge consisted of two 529 foot anchor arms, a 790 foot navigation span consisting of two 145 foot cantilever arms and one 500 foot suspended span, which has a Pennsylvania truss configuration. An additional 528 foot simple through truss span, also a Pennsylvania truss, was present immediately to the north of the cantilever truss spans. This simple span was constructed by the cantilever method, using a temporary tie to the cantilever unit. American Bridge Company fabricated and erected the 1,850 foot cantilever truss unit in only 10 months. As originally designed, railroad traffic flowed between the two truss lines of the through truss, while highway traffic flowed on cantilevered decks on either side of the truss. A long, curving approach system of deck plate girders and deck trusses (for the railroad approach) were also present. Because trains require a much more shallow grade than highway traffic, the railroad approach soared over the approach ramps for the highway deck, with the railroad approach extending far beyond before touching down to ground level. The widening project for this bridge was unique. A truss line was added to each side of the original truss to eliminate the cantilevered deck, and instead create two highway decks, each supported by one new truss line and one of the original truss lines. In short, what was originally a bridge with two truss lines is now a bridge with four truss lines. The new trusses replicate the shape and truss configuration of the historic trusses, however as modern trusses, they lack rivets and lattice found in the original trusses. Modjeski and Masters, who designed the original bridge, also designed the widening of the bridge.

The railroad approach for this bridge includes Warren deck truss spans (in addition to many deck plate girder spans). The deck truss spans have riveted connections for the top chord, and pin connections for the bottom chord. The original truss lines of the main spans of the bridge are rivet connected, except where eyebars were used near the towers and the ends of the suspended span. The new trusses have modern bolted connections.

Above: Historical photo of bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo of bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo of bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo of bridge construction.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.

Historical photo from the US Navy showing the bridge in 2007, prior to widening.

Above: Governor Huey P. Long.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
29.944073,-90.168728

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