Safety improvements planned for the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway have been delayed.
The Causeway Commission awarded a $33.6 million contract to a Baton Rouge company Wednesday (Oct. 31) for the construction of new safety guardrails on the southbound side of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge.
The Causeway Commission will award a contract to a Baton Rouge company to strengthen the southbound railings on the Causeway Bridge.
The Causeway Commission on Wednesday (Oct. 31) voted to award a contract to beef up the southbound span’s railings to JB James Construction LLC of Baton Rouge, which submitted a low bid of $33.6 million.
When the first span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge opened in 1956, at close to 24 miles, it was the longest bridge over water in the world.
The longest bridge in the United States is receiving its largest upgrade in almost a half century.
With pulsating thuds Wednesday (Aug. 29), a huge yellow crane and pile driver began pounding a concrete piling into the bottom of the lake beside the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
Long-awaited safety improvements to the Causeway bridge are slated to begin Tuesday (Aug. 28), and many are concerned about what that could mean for their commute.