A flat tire or blowout on the Causeway Bridge can be chaotic. Due to the Bridge’s original design, all disabled vehicles must be moved out of the roadway to prevent rear-end accidents. Although the Causeway’s response time is less than four minutes, a stalled vehicle is susceptible to being rear-ended by a distracted driver. Out of the 170 accidents on the Causeway in 2018, 57 were rear-ends into disabled vehicles.
To cut down on the number of rear-end accidents, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission is constructing safety bays / segmented shoulders midway between each of the existing crossovers on the Causeway Bridge. When construction is completed, the Bridge will have six safety bays / segmented shoulders on both spans (Southbound and Northbound). The first safety bays / segmented shoulders will be open to the public soon. These segmented shoulders will significantly increase emergency stopping areas for all commuters.
If you have a flat tire or blowout on the Causeway Bridge, as King Julian sings in the movie Madagascar, you got to move it….move it. If you, or another vehicle, are in distress on the Bridge, please contact Causeway Police by dialing 504-835-3116. We’ll be there to help you in minutes.