|State||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Real-world Counterpart||Gramercy Bridge|
- "DANGER. You are now entering a U.S. Military installation. Use of deadly force has been authorized."
- ―US Military
- "Oh yeah...our goal is right next to the bridge! ON THE OTHER MOTHER EFFIN' SIDE OF THE WATER!"
Veterans Memorial Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge crossing the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. It serves as the main objective for the Survivors and is seen throughout the campaign, The Parish of Left 4 Dead 2.
This bridge serves as the primary access way from the east and west banks of New Orleans. It is a double-decker bridge with vertical lifts at each end to allow the large freight and cruise ships to pass through. The west end of the bridge leads to the city of New Orleans where the east end leads to the Louisiana Naval Base and possibly to another docking area (As the highway is seen to continue on). The name of this bridge might have been inspired by New Orleans' real-life "Veterans Memorial Highway."
Originally, the refugees from the Bus Station Evacuation Center would be taken by CEDA evacuation buses across the bridge to be evacuated by military helicopters to the awaiting cruise ships in the Caribbean. However, when the military took over CEDA's responsibilities and hearing that the Bus Station was rioting and being overrun, the military pulled out of the west bank area and headed towards the naval base evacuation site. They raised the bridge to stop the Infected as well as the rioters and Carriers from getting to the naval base (However, it doesn't make sense as the switch to raise/lower the bridge is on the west side and not the east). It seems that the last soldier there was killed by the Infected and left the radio beside his corpse only to be used by the Survivors to contact the military (Or the soldier over there sacrificed himself to raise the bridge, bringing the radio along).
Once they contacted the military, the soldiers told the Survivors that they evacuated from the bridge and their only hopes of escaping was a last helicopter at the other side of the bridge. The Survivors agreed to their terms and fought their way through the heavily-infested and bombarded bridge as the jets screamed past them. As they got into the helicopter's carriage, it left immediately and the bridge was immediately bombed to stem the spread of the Infection.
- The bridge used is the same bridge from The Port and Port Finale in both DLCs, The Passing and The Sacrifice.
- The Veterans Memorial Bridge is seen from all of the chapters of the The Parish campaign except for The Park. However, a small bridge on the chapter can be seen with the plate of the main bridge.
- In the first part of The Parish (The Waterfront), the bridge is seen lowered, suggesting that the military was evacuating the last of the Survivors that they could find before they raised it. This can be supported by the military at The Bridge as the military tells the Survivors that they pulled out from the bridge when they contacted them.
- In the intro for Left 4 Dead 2, the bridge was being bombed by the military while the Survivors were crossing. This does not happen when playing the chapter.
- The Survivors knew that their goal was the bridge from the first chapter in The Parish, saying that they have to head to this bridge to escape.
- It is most likely that Virgil told them about the bridge as he mentions that they can reach it from the marketplace.
- Even though a sign lists it as being a part of Interstate 10, the Interstate doesn't actually cross the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The bridge's real-life counterpart, the Crescent City Connection was actually part of LA Highway 90. I-10 crosses the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- If the Survivors cross the bridge in less than three minutes, they will earn the achievement, BRIDGE OVER TREBLED SLAUGHTER.
|Locations in Left 4 Dead 2