Two Causeway police officers were injured Friday afternoon (Sept. 15) when a handcuffed suspect attacked and tried to escape after being pulled over in Mandeville, authorities said.
Hanging onto the rudder of their capsized sailboat beneath the Causeway, a strange sense of calm enveloped Jane and Scott Wolfe. After all, they had alerted people earlier that they may be in trouble in the heaving waters of Lake Pontchartrain.
Northbound motorists on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway will encounter a lane closure Saturday between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., authorities said Friday (Sept. 15).
Causeway responders plucked two people out of Lake Pontchartrainbeneath the bridge on Sunday after their 15-foot sailboat capsized, authorities said Monday (Sept. 11). Both were reportedly in good condition after the rescue.
When Causeway Police Sgt. Roy Jacob saw a car hit the retaining wall near the base of the Huey P. Long Bridge, he figured it was just another accident on the busy bridge he has patrolled for many years. The July 7 mishap turned out to be anything but routine.
Causeway Police Sergeant Roy Jacob was honored with the Life Saving Award for what he did to rescue a woman who suffered a medical condition while behind the wheel.
For more than 50 years, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – known to most commuters as simply the Causeway – has provided a 24-mile long shortcut from the North Shore (Mandeville) to the South Shore (Metairie). What is currently the southbound span was the original bridge, opening in 1956 and carrying a $46 million price tag. The second span was completed 13 years later for an additional $30 million.
THE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN CAUSEWAY will be a bumper-to-bumper parking lot by the year 2012 unless $82 million dollars is spent to rehabilitate, upgrade and add to the existing 24-mile-long structure, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission was told Friday by its engineering consultants.
A “Master Plan” detailing major rehabilitation to current engineering standards was accepted by the causeway commission for implementation over the next eight years.
“You’ve got two old ladies out there, one’s 36 years old and the other’s 23 years old, and that’s old for bridges,” said Verdi Adams of Gulf Engineers & Consultants.
Adams offered three proposals, including building a third bridge to the west of the original span.