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.
Toll increases on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway go into effect Saturday at 4 a.m.
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.