After four morning-commute accidents in one week, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Executive Director Carlton Dufrechou emailed toll-tag holders and posted a message on the bridge’s website pleading with drivers to pay more attention while they drive.
It’s the 24-mile-long bridge that CNN Travel recently called “a pulse-quickening half-hour drive.” While some local Causeway commuters might beg to differ with that analysis, a handful of accidents last week prompted the bridge’s top official to urge drivers to be attentive while driving across the lake, especially during the hectic morning commute.
Causeway managers are exploring new ways of making the bridge safer, and with proposals running as high as $50 million, many wonder who might pay.
It happens, on average, once every five years. A vehicle goes off the southbound side of the Causeway, killing the driver.