Runners, classic cars cross wider Huey P. Long bridge - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Runners, classic cars cross wider Huey P. Long bridge

Elmwood, La. - John Young remembers his first white-knuckled ride across the Huey P. Long Bridge.

"I was at the top of the bridge, stuck in traffic, dead stop, a train was coming over and you could literally feel the bridge moving," Young says. "Very unnerving experience."

Now, drivers will have a different experience as they cross the Huey P.

The Department of Transportation and Development officially opened the new bridge Sunday, completing an eight-year, $1.2 billion expansion project.

The celebration began Sunday with a race from the West Bank to Elmwood.

"We were the first people to ever run across it so if you think about, this bridge has been open for what, almost 90 years now," says runner Seth Yost. "It's pretty cool to say that I was one of the first people that ran across the brand new bridge."

A second-line led the way as spectators got a close look at the improvements.

Workers widened both sides of the narrow bridge, which some driver's education classes used a final test before students could earn their license.

"Before, it was two lanes, 18-feet wide, the lanes were like eight and a half feet in width, so it was a pretty daunting experience to cross this bridge," says DOTD Secretary Sherri Lebas. "Now with three lanes, we have 11-foot lanes, eight foot shoulders, so it's going to be a much more comfortable ride for motorists as they cross this bridge."

Lebas says more than 50,000 cars travel the bridge everyday.

Local leaders hope completion of the Huey P. will encourage more growth on the West Bank side. It's some of the last remaining undeveloped land in Jefferson Parish.

"We've already had 65,000 new square feet of retail space in Elmwood in anticipation of today and I think you're going to see an explosion of growth and development on the West Bank with the opening of this bridge," says Young.

With a toot of the horn, antique cars chugged up the new span, celebrating the past and heralding the future of Jefferson Parish.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • After Further Review: Sloppy wins still count for Saints

    After Further Review: Sloppy wins still count for Saints

    The Saints lead the NFC South via tiebreaker with a 10-4 record. Source: Nola.comThe Saints lead the NFC South via tiebreaker with a 10-4 record. Source: Nola.com

    I usually leave a Saints game with an overall theme or feeling about what I just observed on the field. It typically jumps out at me right away and this column is written. But after Sunday I was left with kind of a blah emotion. Their effort against the Jets was kind of weird. It certainly wasn’t an overly impressive victory to celebrate, but nonetheless, a win in the NFL by double digits is nothing they have to apologize for. Dodging a bullet may be the more accurate descript...

    more>>

    I usually leave a Saints game with an overall theme or feeling about what I just observed on the field. It typically jumps out at me right away and this column is written. But after Sunday I was left with kind of a blah emotion. Their effort against the Jets was kind of weird. It certainly wasn’t an overly impressive victory to celebrate, but nonetheless, a win in the NFL by double digits is nothing they have to apologize for. Dodging a bullet may be the more accurate descript...

    more>>
  • Fatal fires spike in Jefferson Parish

    Fatal fires spike in Jefferson Parish

    (Source: FOX 8)(Source: FOX 8)

    Since the end of October, seven people have lost their lives in fatal fires in Jefferson Parish. The most recent one happened Sunday morning, at around 3:20 AM, on the 4300 block of Anthony Street in Metairie.  Jefferson Parish fire officials say firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, to find the fire fully involved. "A lot of fire, a lot of destruction when they got there," said Jefferson Parish Fire Chief Dave Tibbetts. "A primary search was made. A...

    more>>

    Since the end of October, seven people have lost their lives in fatal fires in Jefferson Parish. The most recent one happened Sunday morning, at around 3:20 AM, on the 4300 block of Anthony Street in Metairie.  Jefferson Parish fire officials say firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, to find the fire fully involved. "A lot of fire, a lot of destruction when they got there," said Jefferson Parish Fire Chief Dave Tibbetts. "A primary search was made. A...

    more>>
  • Juan's World: Saints ground Jets, look to Falcons rematch

    Juan's World: Saints ground Jets, look to Falcons rematch

    The Saints meet up with the Falcons on Christmas Eve. Source: Mark LaGrangeThe Saints meet up with the Falcons on Christmas Eve. Source: Mark LaGrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World and as you know, this blog that I do is strictly an opinion piece with a few facts sprinkled in here and there. So, with that in mind, I'm under the opinion that the Saints should've been 'expected' to look past the Jets to next weeks rematch with the Falcons. How could they not look ahead to Atlanta coming to the dome next Sunday. And before you go all 'One Game at a Time' on me, think for a second. You're supposed to beat the Jets, who came in 5-8 and wi...

    more>>

    Welcome in to Juan's World and as you know, this blog that I do is strictly an opinion piece with a few facts sprinkled in here and there. So, with that in mind, I'm under the opinion that the Saints should've been 'expected' to look past the Jets to next weeks rematch with the Falcons. How could they not look ahead to Atlanta coming to the dome next Sunday. And before you go all 'One Game at a Time' on me, think for a second. You're supposed to beat the Jets, who came in 5-8 and wi...

    more>>
Powered by Frankly