Danziger Bridge
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Danziger Bridge
Danziger Bridge
Traffic on Danzinger Bridge.jpg
Traffic on Danziger Bridge, 2012
Carries (Chef Menteur Highway)
CrossesIndustrial Canal
LocaleNew Orleans, Louisiana
Preceded byDanziger Bridge
Construction start1983
Construction end1987
OpenedFebruary 1988

The Danziger Bridge is a vertical lift bridge that carries seven vehicular lanes of U.S. Route 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) across the Industrial Canal in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built to replace the old Danziger Bridge, a draw bridge constructed in 1931-1932, the current Danziger Bridge was constructed on the south side of the old bridge between 1983 and 1987 and officially opened in February 1988. Named after a New Orleans lawyer and businessman,[1] it became the widest lift bridge in the world.[2] Most marine traffic is accommodated in the down position.

Attorney Alfred Danziger, a member of a prominent New Orleans Jewish family, served as personal attorney for Governor Huey Long as well as assistant attorney general in 1934 and executive counsel for Mayor Robert Maestri from 1936 to 1946.[3] He was also a principal fundraiser for the historically black Dillard University which was founded in 1930 by merging Straight University and other African American serving institutions.[4]

In 2005, the bridge was the site of the Danziger Bridge shootings, in which two unarmed civilians were killed by members of the New Orleans Police Department. 4 other civilians were also wounded.

See also


  1. ^ Laura Maggi, "Family members of Danziger Bridge's namesake say its name will resonate in history," New Orleas Times-Picayune, Sept. 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Campanella, Catherine (2013). "Legendary Locals of Metairie". Arcadia Publishing. p. 28. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 2013-01-17 at Archive.today, Blake Pontchartrain, "Why is the bridge over the Industrial Canal Called the Danziger Bridge," Bestofneworleans.com, Gambit, September 25, 2007.
  4. ^ [2] Archived 2013-01-31 at Archive.today, "Chris Rose: Who was Alfred Danziger?", ProjectNOLA.com, August 3, 2011.

Coordinates: 30°0?30?N 90°1?38?W / 30.00833°N 90.02722°W / 30.00833; -90.02722

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