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JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - The Huey P. Long Bridge widening project is scheduled to end on Jun. 16, according to Sherri LeBas, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

LeBas added the project will finish four months of ahead of schedule and on budget. The bridge project, which cost $1.2 billion, began in 2006.

The widening project expands the sides from 18 feet to 43-foot spans on each side of the bridge, which was originally constructed in 1935.

'In June,' said LeBas, 'drivers will enjoy three 11-foot lanes in each direction, with two inside 8-foot outside shoulders.'

In early April, late March, the remaining closed overpasses will open -- west bank-bound overpass from Jefferson Parish and the east bank-bound overpass from Bridge City, said Steve Spoher, the LTM project manager.

Parish President John Young envisions the widened bridge to be a catalyst for business for Jefferson Parish much like the Superdome in New Orleans.

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