Huey P. Long Bridge to close for up to 48 hours this weekend

Date: Apr 07, 2011

Huey P. Long Bridge to close for up to 48 hours this weekend

It might be no match for the 28th annual French Quarter Festival, but Big Lift III is expected to draw dozens of engineering enthusiasts this weekend to witness the spectacle as a 528-foot-long steel truss is hoisted onto the Huey P. Long Bridge.

The bridge will be closed for up to 48 hours starting Saturday at 5 a.m. as the last of three massive truss sections is installed as part of the $1.2 billion project to widen the notoriously narrow bridge.

The first two Big Lifts in June and November went off without major hitches and were finished about eight hours early. Despite high river levels and quick currents, engineers expect this weekend's lift to go just as smoothly.

"It's repetition," bridge inspector Wayne Lemoine said. "Once you learn how to do it once or twice, the third time comes a little easier."

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