Causeway Police investigated 54 crashes on the bridge since the beginning of the year. That’s 54 wrecks in a 90-day period.
Thousands of drivers use the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway every day.
Steve Stumpf, chairman of Durr Heavy Construction, died Monday following a wreck on the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
Steve Stumpf, chairman of Harahan-based Durr Heavy Construction, died Monday afternoon (April 2) at age 68 following a car crash on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, according to bridge authorities. A spokeswoman for Durr confirmed Stumpf’s death.
Traffic cones that fell off a truck led to the Wednesday afternoon (March 7) multi-vehicle crash on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway that left two vehicles overturned and two people injured, authorities said Thursday.
Bryson Knight, a senior at Pine High School, has already overcome so much in his short life.
Regarding the recent letter, “Guardrails raise questions,” the new rails proposed for the Causeway were specifically designed to keep vehicles on the bridge and to also keep them in the same lane — prevent redirection into adjacent travel lane. The rails were developed by some of best traffic engineers in America, passed multiple crash tests, and actually exceed national criteria. The new rails and safety bay emergency stopping areas will be the most significant safety improvements for the Causeway since the second bridge was built in 1969. In short, they will save lives.
OK, let me understand the plan to prevent vehicles, mainly trucks, from going overboard on the Causeway Bridge. We are going to add new guardrails that will redirect these out of control vehicles into the travel lanes — possibly resulting in multi-car collisions resulting, possibly, in multiple injuries and deaths. Oh yes, we did possibly save one life from going overboard. Good plan.