Our Views: Long bridge gets bigger

Huey P. Long, who died at the hands of an assassin in 1935, would certainly smile with satisfaction at the news that the Jefferson Parish bridge named in his honor is now expanded and poised to handle a new generation of motorists between the East Bank and West Bank. Long’s controversial record as Louisiana’s Depression-era governor included widespread corruption but also,an aggressive program to build roads and bridges.

The bigger and better Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson seems a fitting extension of Long’s legacy as a champion of public works. The expansion should make the bridge much easier to navigate, and developers hope the improved crossing will encourage residential and business growth on the West Bank.

We welcome the completion of the project, and we hope that it meets its promise in easing everyday life on both sides of the river.