WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/15/21

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

While this hurricane season has been harsh on everyone, it’s best to remember it’s not over yet. With Ida’s devastation still around us, it’s hard to believe we have another storm at our doorsteps. According to Wikipedia Hurricane Ida was the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike the State of Louisiana on record, behind Hurricane Katrina. With Nicholas raining outside and another month-plus of hurricane season, it’s very important to be prepared and stay safe during storms.

Stay Informed

  • Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
  • If you live in a mandatory evacuation zone and local officials tell you to evacuate, do so immediately.

Dealing with the Weather

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
  • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Personal Safety

  • If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19. Be sure to review your previous evacuation plan and consider alternative options to maintain physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and update your plan accordingly.
  • If you must evacuate, if possible, bring with you food, water, and personal items that can make you comfortable and help protect you and others in the shelter from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and two clean, well-fitted masks that have two or more layers for each person.

WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/25/21

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Burma Shave was an American brand of brushless shaving cream, famous for its advertising gimmick of posting humorous rhyming poems on small sequential highway roadside signs. In 1926, the signs first appeared on U.S. Highway in Minnesota. Burma Shave then expanded the advertisements throughout the United States. These advertisements were usually six consecutive small signs, posted along the edge of major highways in every state except Nevada (deemed to have insufficient road traffic) and Massachusetts (eliminated due to that state’s high land rentals and roadside foliage). Burma Shave was usually listed on the last sign in the series. The advertisements were used until 1963.

These signs were a successful approach to highway advertising during the early years of highway travel, drawing the attention of passing motorists who were curious to learn the punchline. Some of the Burma Shave signs featured safety messages about speeding instead of advertisements. As an homage to Burma Shave, our What’s Up Wednesday sign is one of the original Burma Shave messages reminding everyone of the importance of driving safely.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/18/21

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Burma Shave was an American brand of brushless shaving cream, famous for its advertising gimmick of posting humorous rhyming poems on small sequential highway roadside signs. In 1926, the signs first appeared on U.S. Highway in Minnesota. Burma Shave then expanded the advertisements throughout the United States. These advertisements were usually six consecutive small signs, posted along the edge of major highways in every state except Nevada (deemed to have insufficient road traffic) and Massachusetts (eliminated due to that state’s high land rentals and roadside foliage). Burma Shave was usually listed on the last sign in the series. The advertisements were used until 1963.

These signs were a successful approach to highway advertising during the early years of highway travel, drawing the attention of passing motorists who were curious to learn the punchline. Some of the Burma Shave signs featured safety messages about speeding instead of advertisements. As an homage to Burma Shave, our What’s Up Wednesday sign is one of the original Burma Shave messages reminding everyone of the importance of driving safely.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 08/04/21

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

This sign above was posted at the message boards stepping on the bridge Northbound and Southbound. The sign below was located on the last message board on the bridge in both directions.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 07/21/21

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Many drivers juggling a busy schedule trying to fit everything into a weekday (i.e. working, cooking dinner, and helping kids with homework) but that is no excuse to speed. Some people foolishly try to make up for that lost time by speeding on the bridge. This is a very dangerous practice for those drivers and every vehicle around them.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,478 speeding-related deaths in 2019. Also that year, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.

According to AAA, studies show that staying within speed limits does not add to your travel time. In fact, most Commuters observe the vehicles speeding on the Causeway Bridge can usually be seen at the same red light exiting the bridge or stopped and being greeted by the flashing light of one of our police vehicles.

Speeding also reduces a driver’s ability to steer, reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to a dangerous situation and extends safe stopping distances. Speeders need to ask themselves if saving less than a minute of time is worth risking their life and the lives of others around them.