Causeway commuters crossed Lake Pontchartrain in dense fog all day Tuesday. Causeway Commission executive director Carlton Dufrechou said it’s the worst fog he’s seen since he started working at the commission eight years ago.
The going has been tough on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway this week, with fog and periods of heavy rain tormenting commuters and crashes forcing the closure of the southbound span for periods on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 19).
With the chance of winter-like weather on the way, transportation and emergency preparedness officials are working to make sure they’re ready to keep drivers safe.
Causeway officials gave us a look at the railing system that’s in the works for the bridge.
While the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is about to start two construction projects that will significantly alter the span, bridge officials are already looking beyond the next few years. Well beyond.
Contact: Carlton Dufrechou Date: November 13, 2017
Phone: (504) 835-3118
Causeway Police Drive Sober Get Pulled Over / Click It or Ticket
With up to 30 DWI arrests a month and more than 1000 monthly citations for careless operations, Causeway Police are enthusiastically taking part once again in the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns throughout the coming year.
Causeway police will take part in the program via a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. These grants, funded by Louisiana and federal tax revenues, allow Causeway Police to enhance the safety of motorists on both the Causeway and the Huey P. Long Bridge, through special enforcement of DWI and occupant safety laws.
“The results speak for themselves,” said Police Chief Nick Congemi. “Our officers are constantly on alert for DWI and careless operations. It’s life-threatening on any roadway, and even more so on our bridge. Nothing is more important than safety and this grant helps us keep our commuters safe day and night.”
The Causeway Commission has been looking over a series of innovative designs, including a cable support structure, as they select a firm to supervise $100-million worth of safety improvements.
The board that governs the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on Monday selected a Slidell firm to design 12 “safety bays,” or sections of shoulder, for the outside of the bridge’s two spans.