Friday, April 27, 2007

Where's That Confounded Bridge?

If you asked me where the Horace Wilkinson Bridge was in Baton Rouge, I wouldn't be able to point you in the right direction. Not many Baton Rougeans would. But if you asked me where the New Mississippi River Bridge was, I'd say, "That's the bridge on I-10 where you cross the river".

The Horace Wilkinson Bridge and the New Mississippi River Bridge are one and the same. We call this bridge the "New Mississippi" to distinguish it from the bridge that crosses the river a few miles north, the Old Mississippi River Bridge. The Old Mississippi Bridge also has a proper name, the Huey P. Long Bridge. Although if you asked most folks where the Huey P. Long Bridge was, they'd think you were referring to the Huey P. Long Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

Confused? Me too :)

Whatever you wish to name it, it's a lovely bridge, opened for service in April 1968. It's 4,550 feet long and holds six lanes of traffic.


Anonymous said...

Nice bridge photo and interesting post.

I posted information about codes that might interest you.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Mandy said...

I do love bridges