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.