New Orleans' Westbank is situated on the South side of the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans, and is easily accessible to the Central Business District, French Quarter, and Warehouse District via bridge or ferry.
Welcome to the Westbank which is the area on the literal west bank of the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The terms “Eastbank” and “Westbank” are spelled as one word in the local official terminology when being applied to the Greater New Orleans area.There are three bridges and three ferries which connect the Westbank to the Greater New Orleans area. The main bridge is the Crescent City Connection which goes to the Downtown area and the Super Dome. You also have the Huey P Long Bridge which goes from Bridge City to Elmwood. The third bridge is in St Charles Parish and is called the Hail Boggs Bridge which is the newest bridge.
The Huey P Long Bridge is currently undergoing a widening project which will ease the nerves of commuters, as the bridge is known for its nail-bitingly thin lanes. The bridge was recently widened and has created a much smoother and quicker connection from the East to West bank communities.
The three ferries run from one side of the river to the other. The Gretna and Algiers ferries cross the river and go to the same landing area near the foot of Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans. If you are visiting the city, I highly recommend you take a ride and see New Orleans from the perspective of the Mississippi River.
The Westbank is a suburban area of New Orleans that is composed of three Parishes. The Westbank includes part of Jefferson Parish including the cities and towns of Waggaman, Avondale, Bridge City, Nine Mile Point, Westwego, Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Terrytown, Jean Lafitte, Lafitte, Crown Point, Barataria, Estelle, Timberlane, and Woodmere all of which lie on the western bank of the river. A portion of Orleans Parish is also on the Westbank which includes the area cities and communities of Algiers and English Turn. Further down the Mississippi River is the city of Belle Chasse which has a major Navy Base that makes up for a large part of the population. The West Bank of Plaquemines Parish will also be included on this website. Plaquemines Parish both encompasses and is bisected by the final leg of the Mississippi River before it enters the Gulf of Mexico. Down the river from Belle Chasse is an area of Plaquemines Parish that has numerous rural communities scattered along both banks of the river, but none of these communities have a population greater than 5,000.
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