Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge

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Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge
Coordinates29°56′33″N 90°22′25″W / 29.94250°N 90.37361°W / 29.94250; -90.37361
Carries4 lanes of I-310
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleDestrehan, Louisiana and Luling, Louisiana
Official nameHale Boggs Memorial Bridge
Other name(s)Luling-Destrehan Bridge
Maintained byLA DOTD
ID number024504503700001
DesignCable-stayed bridge
Total length10,700 feet (3,261 m)
Width76 feet (23 m)
Longest span1,220 feet (372 m)[1]
Clearance below158 feet (48 m)
OpenedOctober 6, 1983
Daily traffic40,000 (2008)

The Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge (also known as the Luling–Destrehan Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.[2] It is named for the late United States Congressman Hale Boggs.[3] The bridge was dedicated by Governor David C. Treen and Bishop Stanley Ott of Baton Rouge and opened to traffic on October 8, 1983 connecting Louisiana Highway 18 on the West Bank and Louisiana Highway 48 on the East Bank. The Hale Boggs Bridge was the third major cable-stayed bridge in the United States after the 1,255-foot John O'Connell Bridge of Sitka, Alaska (the United States' first vehicular cable-stayed girder spanned bridge) and the Pasco-Kennewick Bridge or Ed Hendler Bridge in Washington.

In 1993, the Hale Boggs Bridge was incorporated into the newly completed Interstate 310 and was the first cable-stayed bridge to be added to the interstate highway system.[4] Upon completion of Interstate 49, I-310 and the Hale Boggs Bridge will serve as a connection between I-49 and Interstate 10 on the western edge of metropolitan New Orleans.


The superstructure and West approaches of the Hale Boggs Bridge were designed by the prime consultant, Frankland and Leinhard of New York, NY (E. Stanley Jarosz, Vice-president & Chief Engineer, & Myron Lepkaluk, President). The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation recognized Jarosz's and Frankland & Leinhard's design achievement with a major award in the year the bridge was completed.[5] The foundations of the main span and the East approaches were designed by Modjeski and Masters of Harrisburg, PA. Original construction was by a team headed by Williams Brothers Construction Co, Inc.[6][7]

The Hale Boggs's design features an unpainted weathering steel towers and superstructure, an orthotropic steel box girder superstructure, and two planes of cables in a fan pattern. Weathering steel exhibits uniform oxidation or "rusting" that results in a uniform protective patina and reduces maintenance requirements. The bridge's weathered bronze color is intended to blend with the muddy waters of the Mississippi River.

The prefabricated cables, the Swiss manufacturer of which was selected by Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc.[5] featured a heavy polyethylene sheathing that began cracking even before installation, leading to moisture intrusion and cable deterioration. There were additional problems with rust and water leakage in the anchorages.[7] A project to replace the cables began in summer 2009.

MV George Prince ferry disaster[edit]

The bridge was under construction on October 20, 1976 when the Luling–Destrehan Ferry, M/V George Prince, was struck by the tanker SS Frosta while crossing the river from Destrehan to Luling; the same communities connected by this bridge.[8] Seventy-three passengers and five crew members perished when the ferry capsized; only eighteen survived. It was later revealed all five crew members, including pilot Egidio "Gene" Auletta Sr., were impaired to varying degrees by alcohol consumption. There is a memorial on the East Bank in Destrehan to honor all the people who died in the disaster.


The United Way of St. Charles hosts its annual 5K/10K Bridge Run over the Hale Boggs Bridge each Spring. Runners & walkers begin on the East Bank of the Mississippi River and finish at the West Bank Bridge Park. 2013's event was held on April 6, 2013.

The United Way of St. Charles also hosts its annual "Battle For The Paddle", a jambalaya & gumbo cookoff, each Fall. This event is held under the Hale Boggs Bridge at the West Bank Bridge Park.[9]

See also[edit]


  • Podolny, W. Jr., and Scalzi, J. B., Construction & Design of Cable-Stayed Bridges, John Wiley & Son, New York, NY, 1976.
  • Cable-Stayed Bridges: Theory and Design (ISBN 0258970340 / 0-258-97034-0) Troitsky, M S
  • ASCE, Bridge (discusses the Luling Bridge), Civil Engineering, ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers, 31, July 1984.
  • ENR, Stayed -Girders Reaches Record (discusses the Luling Bridge), Engineering News Record, McGraw Hill, New York, NY, April 8, 1982,
  • Mangus, Alfred, "A Fresh Look at Orthotropic Technology," Public Roads, The US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, www.tfhrc.gov March / April 2005, Washington, D.C., pp. 38–45.
  • Troitsky, M. S., Orthotropic Bridges — Theory and Design, 2nd ed., The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1987.
  1. ^ "Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge". Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge". transystems.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-29. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ Weeks III, John A. "I-310 Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge". John A. Weeks III. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  4. ^ "Interstate 310". Kurumi.com. November 26, 2003. Retrieved 2006-01-30.
  5. ^ a b Interview with E. Stanley Jarosz, 25 December 2012
  6. ^ "The Bridges of New Orleans" (PDF). ite.org. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  7. ^ a b Angelo, William J. (January 23, 2008). "Louisiana's Luling Bridge Stay Cables To Be Replaced". Engineering News-Record. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  8. ^ "Marine Casualty Report SS Frosta M/V George Prince: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation Report and Commandant's Actions (Report No. USCG 16732/73429)" (PDF). dco.uscg.mil (US Coast Guard). Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  9. ^ Special Events - United Way of St. Charles

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