MANDEVILLE, La. (WGNO) – The agency that regulates the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway voted tonight to raise the tolls on the bridge after heated opposition from residents who will be impacted by the increase.
After hearing citizens’ objections for more than an hour, the Causeway Commission voted Wednesday night (Aug. 10) to raise tolls and spend $103 million to beef up railings on the southbound bridge and add sections of shoulder to both spans. Commissioners Shelby LaSalle Jr., Joseph Jaeger Jr. and Stephen Romig voted in favor of the project at a well-attended, and at times testy, meeting in the St. Tammany Parish Council chamber north of Mandeville.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission plans to vote Wednesday night (Aug. 10) on a proposal to raise tolls and spend about $103 million on safety measures, including improving railings on the southbound bridge and adding sections of shoulder on both bridges. NOLA.com will cover the 6 p.m. meeting live from the St. Tammany Parish Council chamber on Koop Drive north of Mandeville.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway’s southbound span re-opened Monday (Aug. 8) just before 10 a.m., following a wreck that sent a truck crashing into the water about 8:15 a.m. The northbound bridge re-opened at about 9 a.m.
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Causeway Police Cpl. Mikel Melton saw the man in the water was struggling.
A young lady named Kaylee came and brought the Causeway Police Officers flowers on 08/04/2016. She wanted to thank everyone for their service. She asked her dad to take her to buy the flowers and to bring her to the bridge to hand them out.
Left to Right: Corporal Thomas, Kaylee, & Sergeant Andras.
Motorists can expect to pay more to cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway if the members of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) follow the recommendation made by the agency’s staff at a July 20 meeting held on the north shore in Council Chambers at the Parish Administrative Complex. The increased revenue will be used to fund $103 million in bridge safety improvements.
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