Get ready to pay more to cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
Crossing the Causeway bridge gets more costly, starting at 4:00 a.m. Saturday. Drivers headed south across the lake will pay one to two dollars more, depending on whether they pay cash or have a toll tag.
The southbound bridge of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway will be closed Saturday night (May 6) for emergency repairs, the Causeway Commission staff said. The northbound bridge is to remain open.
Commuters will pay higher tolls across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway starting Saturday – an increase that will go toward $130 million in safety improvements for the bridge.
Trooper Stephen Paulus is on the state police explosives team, and yet, he’ll tell you nothing in all of his training prepared him for what happened on a routine commute across the Causeway.
With Lake Pontchartrain Causeway tolls set to increase May 6, bridge officials moved forward Thursday (April 27) on plans to borrow more than $100 million via bonds to pay for safety improvements. The Causeway Commission heard a presentation from its financial adviser and authorized General Manager Carlton Dufrechou and the commission’s bond counsel to prepare for the bond sale.
The Causeway Commission has voted in favor of seeking $100 million in bond financing for bridge improvements to be financed through higher tolls. That toll increase will go into place in a matter of days.
In 10 days, commuters on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway will be paying more to cross the bridge.