Working together on Causeway helps avert catastrophe: Letter

Several of our “old-timers” tell me this was the worst icing ever experienced on the Cause­way. Were it not for the dedica­tion of our maintenance crews, police officers and dispatchers, and the cooperation of our com­muters and the news media, this wintery adventure could have quickly become a disaster.

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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway closed in both directions

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is closed in both directions due to icing on the span. The decision to close the bridge came around 1:15 p.m.

But bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said the decision was made to close the bridge when icy conditions led to vehicles spinning out.

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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway prepares for more ice, possible closure

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway crews have staged de-icing solution and equipment at the north shore toll plaza and are bracing for wintry weather that could be worse than the icy conditions that closed the bridge for much of the day Friday. “If it goes as forecast, it’s going to be a pretty adventurous day tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 28)) and Wednesday (Wednesday, Jan. 29),” bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said Monday.

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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway closed due to ice

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is closed in both directions due to ice on the roadway, as of 8:20 a.m. Friday. DOTD also is advising caution on elevated portions of roadways in the metro area.

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