Competing for the Causeway: 4 firms tapped for design competition to upgrade bridge

The Causeway Commission on Wednesday kicked off what officials called a “first of its kind” design competition for improvements to the nearly six-decade-old Lake Pontchartrain bridge, giving four firms 90 days to draw up preliminary designs for adding segmented shoulders to the outside of each of the two 24-mile-long spans.

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Causeway toll-taker stole $4,400, audit says

A toll-taker for the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway pocketed $4,400 during the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2016, according to an audit released this week by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

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Causeway’s safety plan will help; Rep. Paul Hollis is wrong, Expressway Commission leaders argue

In a letter to the editor, St. Tammany Parish Rep. Paul Hollis says we should look at planned causeway improvements more closely because “there is not enough proof” they will increase safety.

It’s unclear how he could make that statement given that in three years of public meetings in which every detail of safety improvements was discussed, Hollis was never once in attendance.

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