The perils of having to slow down on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway were illustrated in two separate crashes in May. A Causeway tow truck and a motorcycle were rear-ended while slowing to turn into a crossover, crashes that were recorded by cameras on the 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.
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.
Two Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police officers made a Mother’s Day rescue on the bridge. Officers responded to a report of a kitten on the southbound span and found the animal cowering at the 20.9-mile marker near the Mandeville end of the bridge, General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said Monday (May 15).
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.
The southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway reopened Friday (May 12) at 7:25 a.m. after a wreck at mile marker 15, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said. The bridge had been closed for about 30 minutes.
This month, commuters started paying 50 percent more to travel on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Causeway commissioners, who are well-intentioned, want the added cash for “safety improvements,” but residents — including myself — have more questions than answers.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway’s northbound span re-opened at about 4:20 p.m. Monday (May 8) after being closed because of a crash. The span was closed at about 4 p.m.