Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge
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The Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge crosses the Mississippi River at Lulin, Louisiana, and is named for the late United States Congressman Hale Boggs. The bridge was dedicated by Governor David C. Treen and Bishop Stanley Ott of Baton Rouge and opened to traffic on Oct. 8, 1983, connecting Louisiana Highway 18 on the West Bank and Louisiana Highway 48 on the East Bank.The Hale Boggs Bridge was the third major cable-stayed bridge in the United States after the 1,255-foot John O'Connell Bridge of Sitka, Alaska (the United States' first vehicular cable-stayed girder spanned bridge) and the Pasco-Kennewick Bridge or Ed Hendler Bridge in Washington.
Thomas Hale Boggs was served on the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972 when he disappeared while campaigning in Alaska. The twin-engine airplane in which he was riding disappeared in a remote part of the state disappeared and has never been found. Boggs was declared dead on Jan. 3 1973.
March 25th, 2014
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