The Sunset Limited: Huey P. Long Bridge into Southeast Louisiana

The Huey P. Long Bridge is a cantilevered steel through-truss bridge over the Mississippi River that opened in December of 1935. It was originally built to carry two rail tracks and four (narrow) lanes of highway traffic. An expansion to six standard traffic lanes with shoulders was almost complete when I visited in 2013. The rail portion is especially impressive with long approaches that limit the grade to 1.25% but extend the total length to almost 23,000 feet in order to reach 135 above mean high water.

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Beginning climb to Huey Long Bridge
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Elmwood
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Elmwood
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Elmwood
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Westbound traffic lanes
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Westbound traffic lanes
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Elmwood Walmart
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Westbound traffic lanes
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Road workers
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The Mississippi River
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North bank
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Auto lane
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Mississippi River
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Looking west toward New Orleans
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Looking east
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Truss span superstructure
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South bank, east of bridge
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South bank, east of bridge
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Avondale Shipyard
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Southwest approach
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Fire training facility
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Looking back from the SW approach
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Fire training facility
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Bridge City
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Looking back from the SW approach
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Bridge City
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Looking back from the SW approach
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Avondale Shipyard
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Water treatment plant
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Highway 18
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Looking back from the SW
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Curving to the west
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Entering rail yard
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Goose farm
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Westwego, LA
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Canal
29.922134,-90.318809
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Bayou Des Allemands
29.824952,-90.476384
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Marsh
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Sugar cane
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Highway 90
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Swamp
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Bayou Boeuf
29.931173,-90.238868
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Bayou Boeuf
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Parish Road 4
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Swamp
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Swamp
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Swamp
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The Sunset Limited: Huey P. Long Bridge into Southeast Louisiana
29.678266, -91.138655
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Flowers
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Entering Morgan City
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Superior Supply and Steel
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Superior Supply and Steel
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Superior Supply and Steel
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Creek
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Morgan City
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Railroad shacks, Morgan City
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Morgan City
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House with balcony