Huey P. Long Bridge (Baton Rouge)
|Huey P. Long Bridge|
Huey P. Long Bridge from the northwest
|Carries||4 lanes of US 190|
1 Kansas City Southern rail line
|Locale||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Official name||Huey P. Long - O.K. Allen Bridge|
|Other name(s)||Old Bridge|
|Maintained by||Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development|
|Design||Cantilever truss bridge|
|Total length||5,879 feet (1,792 m)|
|Clearance below||113 feet (34 m)|
|Construction cost||$8.4 million|
The Huey P. Long - O.K. Allen Bridge is a truss cantilever bridge over the Mississippi River carrying US 190 (Airline Highway) and one rail line between East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana and West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.
State of repair
The bridge itself is currently in a poor state of repair; the girder foundations on both railroad approach spans are beginning to show hairline cracks, but engineers have reassured the city that the bridge is not in any imminent danger. The bridge has been repainted several times since its construction, including in the mid-1960s when the bridge was repainted orange.
The bridge was originally painted blue, but dust from the Kaiser Aluminum plant on the southeast bank of the river kept coating the bridge with aluminum oxide (bauxite). Finally, the state gave up trying to keep the bridge blue, and went with the orange color of the dust. 
Planned Interstate 410
The bridge was once planned as part of an Interstate 410.
Only one person is reported to have driven off the edge of the bridge. In 1945 a cargo truck driver headed eastbound careened off the sides. The driver fell through the windshield and was crushed on a dock as he landed before his truck on the same spot. The scars from the accident can still be seen on the dock to one's right as approaching the east end of the eastbound span.
In popular culture
- Bridges portal
- Louisiana portal
- List of crossings of the Lower Mississippi River
- Kaiser Aluminum plant
- Will Sentel (3 December 2013), Old bridge getting new look, The Advocate, archived from the original on 10 August 2014, retrieved 7 August 2014
- "Paint Party". The Riverside Reader. [Port Allen, LA] 1 Oct. 2012. Pg. 1. Print
- AA Roads - US Highway 190 Mississippi River Bridge Archived 2007-06-09 at the Wayback Machine.
- John Weeks.com - Huey P. Long Bridge
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