Hit with heaps of criticism this week, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials halted the installation of new mile-marker signs while they reconsider their plan to place the signs every 10th of a mile on the 24-mile bridge. The five-member bridge commission will ultimately determine how to move forward, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said Thursday (Aug. 28).
Green mile-marker signs are being erected every tenth of a mile on the 24-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, much to the dismay of some commuters who have lambasted them as wasteful and unnecessary clutter that destroy the view of the lake. At one every 528 feet, there will be 240 signs in each direction.
Working for Brown & Root Co. in Houston back in the 1950s, Tony Wenzel was poised to come to Louisiana to be a field engineer for the construction of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. He had already done design and financial estimating work for the massive project, and his departure was so close that his Sunday school class had given him a going-away party.
In 1956, Elvis Presley was hip-shimmying his way into American hearts, the minimum wage went up to $1 per hour, and a trip back and forth across the newly built Lake Pontchartrain Causeway cost $2.
Nearly six decades later, Miley Cyrus has made twerking part of the nation’s lexicon and minimum wage is up to $7.25 per hour. But a trip back and forth across the nearly 24-mile-long Causeway is still just $2 with a toll tag. A cash trip costs a dollar more, the result of the Causeway’s lone toll increase, some 19 years ago.
A small group of citizens Wednesday night (Aug. 6) gave Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials mixed opinions about the safety of the bridge and a proposal to improve the span’s railings, which could require a toll increase. At the first public hearing on the railing project, Causeway officials spoke for about 45 minutes before turning it over to the small crowd gathered at Mandeville City Hall.
Causeway officials will discuss proposals to improve the railings on the southbound span during a public meeting Wednesday night (Aug. 6) in Mandeville. Adding height to the bridge railings on that span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has become a priority in light of instances where vehicles flew off the roadway and into the lake.
It was rough sledding Thursday morning (July 3) on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – three accidents, bags of mulch on the road, a reported cat sighting and two breakdowns, authorities said. Traffic on the southbound bridge, where most of the action took place, was reportedly backed up for 6 miles at one point.
A kitten that apparently was deposited onto the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Friday (June 27) afternoon is recovering from her injuries and will be put up for adoption. Meanwhile, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said police have no leads in identifying who may have thrown the feline onto the bridge.