This Sunday is a big day in the history of a Louisiana landmark. The Huey P. Long Bridge is scheduled to re-open, with three wider lanes of car traffic on each side, and two rail lines running down the middle.
All construction projects and closures on the Huey P. Long Bridge have been canceled due to Tropical Storm Isaac, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Motorists are advised to check local news sites and the City of New Orleans citizen emergency website.
West bank bound lanes on the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish are closed until 5 a.m. on Monday while workers place girders for wider lanes.
State officials are urging motorists to use the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans or the Interstate 310 Bridge in Lulling as alternate crossings of the Mississippi River.
The Huey P. Long Bridge widening project will include three 11-foot lanes in each direction. The total width, including shoulders, will more than double from the current driving surface.
Completion is projected for 2013.
JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — The Huey P. Long Bridge will close at midnight Friday and is not expected to reopen until midnight on Sunday.
State transportation officials said the shutdown is necessary for removal of old lanes on the bridge, which is being reconstructed.
Drivers can use the Crescent City Connection or the Interstate 310 Bridge at Luling as alternate crossings of the Mississippi River.
Widening of the bridge is expected to be completed in 2013.