After truck plunges off Causeway, driver’s body recovered from lake

Crews have recovered the body of a motorist whose pickup truck plunged off the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway before dawn Sunday (Nov. 27), authorities said. The Jefferson Parish coroner’s office was working to confirm the identity of the man, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.

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Causeway awards $2.5 million contract to remove turnaround

The Causeway Commission awarded a $2.5 million contract Wednesday (Nov. 2) to demolish what’s left of the old 9-mile turnaround, a vestige of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway when it was a single, two-lane bridge between 1956 and 1969. Commissioners voted 4-0 to give the work to low bidder L&A Contracting of Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Watch crashing car rip away Lake Pontchartrain Causway railing

It wasn’t enough that Lake Pontchartrain Causeway motorists had to contend with a shooting incident and a separate rear-end crash leaving two vans in ruins in a single day. After darkness fell Oct. 27, a collision near Metairie sent a southbound car riding atop the bridge railing for more than 110 feet, officials said Wednesday.

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