New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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April 15, 1958 Greater New Orleans Bridge opening



The Greater New Orleans Bridge No. 1 was designed by Modjeski and Masters and constructed in 1958. This bridge, as part of the New Orleans complex urban freeway system, crosses the Mississippi River at New Orleans Harbor with connections to the Ponchartrain Expressway and the West Bank Expresway. The structure is a cantilever truss highway bridge with a channel span of 1,575 feet and a total length, including approaches, of 2.3 miles. A vertical clearance at mid