A toll increase is being proposed for the Causeway to help pay for up to $133 million in safety improvements on the bridge. Officials said upgrading the outdated bridge could save lives and save time for commuters. Read More
Tolls might soon increase on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The administration is recommending that the Causeway Commission raise the toll by $1 for tag customers, $2 for cash customers, and borrow $103 million to improve safety by beefing up railings on the southbound bridge and building segmented shoulders on both 24-mile bridges.
A kitten is lucky to be alive after being rescued by a police officer Tuesday (June 7) on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. A commuter called bridge authorities about 2:45 p.m. and reported seeing the kitten on the bridge about a half-mile out on the northbound span, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.
A motorist had a close call on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway when his car climbed atop the retaining wall and tore out about 150 feet of aluminum guardrail before coming to a halt on the southbound span. “The good news, it came back down and the guy’s OK,” Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.
A state trooper who pulled two women from a stalled vehicle as it burst into flames after an accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway received the Medal of Valor Award at the Louisiana State Police’s annual awards ceremony in Baton Rouge Tuesday (May 10). Steven Paulus, a senior technician in Troop L’s emergency services unit, happened by the Causeway accident on Feb. 19 and is credited with saving the women’s lives.
The operator of an 18-wheeler in the five-vehicle wreck that closed the southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway during rush hour last week has been cited for careless driving, according to a newly released police report on the pileup. The wreck occurred Thursday (May 5) at about 7 a.m. at the Causeway’s draw bridge as traffic came to a stop behind a car that was slowly trying, with a flat tire, to make its way to a crossover.