Public invited to attend celebration of the completion of the widening project
The newly-widened Huey P. Long Bridge officially reopened Sunday with a 5K and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The $1.2 billion project to widen the bridge, first opened in 1935, began in May 2006.
The Huey P. Long now features six 11-foot lanes on both sides and an 8 foot outside shoulder.
An estimated 1,200 runners and walkers joined in the 5K across the bridge from Bridge City to the Walmart on Jefferson Highway.
Jefferson Parish President John Young believes the improved bridge will spur economic growth on the West Bank and terms the structure "our bridge to the future."
"If you look at Jefferson Parish in terms of new development, our future lies on the West Bank particularly between the Harvey Canal and the St. Charles Parish line where this bridge is coming down," Young said.