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Feb 6, 2013 5:15 AM by AP

Huey P. Long Bridge expansion will open June 16

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Huey P. Long Bridge expansion project, designed to modernize the span built in 1932, will open to motorists June 16.

Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas said Tuesday the $1.2 billion widening project, which began in 2006, is expected to finish four months ahead of schedule.

The renovated bridge has three 11-foot lanes in each direction and new intersections with traffic signals at Bridge City Avenue and Jefferson Highway. Drivers began using two new bridge lanes in April.

The driving surfaces will more than double from the original 18-feet wide to 43-feet wide on both sides of the bridge. A new east bank bound overpass is expected to be finished within the next two months with the final work, a west bank bound overpass, shortly before the entire span is opened.

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