The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway’s $40 million railing improvement project has been on hold for months as bridge officials consider a Texas firm’s request that its patented fiberglass and plastic rail system be included as an alternative to steel in the project’s bid specifications.
A St. Tammany Parish man who says he has a speech impediment and balance problems has sued the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and one of its police officers over a 2017 DWI arrest.
Corey Price was driving to his job as a security guard at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome a year ago when he was pulled over by a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police officer who arrested him for DWI, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week.
On July 7, at around 4:30 pm, my wife, our daughter and I were on our way home from Madisonville to the south shore driving on the Causeway when suddenly our car began to lurch forward and backward only to finally shut down completely approximately 5 miles from the end of the bridge. It would not restart. Needless to say, it was a very frightening and unnerving experience.
Our well-documented infrastructure needs notwithstanding, these iconic bridges stand out for their form and function.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway motorists will soon see signs of the upcoming $50 million project to add sections of shoulder to each of the two-lane spans.
Causeway Bridge drivers will notice in July the beginning of work to upgrade the bridge.
Put the phone down and drive.