Causeway panel OKs toll increase, $103 million in safety improvements

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.

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Live at 6 p.m.: Causeway toll increase up for commission vote

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.

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Causeway motorist rescued after pickup plunges into lake

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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Little Acts of Kindness

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.

Flowers

Left to Right: Corporal Thomas, Kaylee, & Sergeant Andras.


Causeway toll hike draws criticism

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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