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2000 walk 5k to celebrate wider Huey P Long Bridge

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago June 16, 2013 Jun 16, 2013 Sunday, June 16 2013 June 16, 2013 3:13 PM in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON, La. - More than 2,000 runners and walkers from around Louisiana crossed the Huey P. Long Bridge on foot. The first drivers - in vintage and modern cars - were about 20 people who had walked across the bridge when it first opened in 1935.

It was all part of Sunday's celebration of the newly completed $1.2 billion project to expand the bridge from two nerve-wrackingly narrow lanes each way to three good-sized lanes - plus a shoulder - in each direction.

The Times-Picayune reports that State Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas walked the 5-kilometer route. She said the project is already paying off, with new businesses moving into the area.

Jefferson Parish political, business and civic leaders have been pushing to widen the bridge since the 1970s.

IMAGE: WVUE

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