The Huey P. Long Bridge was one of fifteen bridges to be recognized in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards conducted by the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA). The Huey P. Long Bridge won the best reconstructed bridge category. Winning bridge projects were selected based on innovation, aesthetics and design and engineering solutions.
Traylor Bros. was a part of two separate contracts associated with the seven-year project to reconstruct the Huey P. Long Bridge. The contracts included widening the main bridge (truss) and constructing the new approaches. This four-phase project was vital to the recovery of Greater New Orleans. The widening added an additional travel lane, as well as inside and outside shoulders to each side of the bridge, providing a safer and more reliable crossing over the Mississippi River. The team employed an innovative span-by-span erection method to build this project. By utilizing temporary stabilizing frames that span between the bottom chords of the proposed widening trusses, and stabilizing towers to brace the compression chord of the truss while lifting, the joint venture eliminated the need for falsework in the river, with only one exception: the West Bank anchor span, which was constructed with a modified stick build method. The completed bridge opened to traffic in June of 2013.
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