Toll increase possible to fund safety improvements on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission Chairman Michael Lorino Jr. said Wednesday (June 18) he would support a toll increase if necessary to raise the money to make expensive safety improvements on the bridge. Lorino raised the possibility of a toll hike at the commission’s monthly meeting after hearing an update on the ongoing study on raising the bridge retaining walls to prevent vehicles from plunging into the lake.

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‘Angels guarding me that day,’ Causeway bridge crash survivor tells Fox 8

The driver of a truck that flew over the railing of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on May 31 told a television reporter that thoughts of his young daughter gave him the strength to survive until a good Samaritan who jumped into the water arrived to help keep him afloat. Cristian Pate told Fox 8 WVUE that the crash on the rain-slick bridge unfolded like a bad dream.

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News Good Samaritan rescues man whose truck fell into lake from Causeway

A good Samaritan jumped into Lake Pontchartrain and saved a man whose truck had plunged into the water after tumbling over the side of the Causeway bridge Saturday afternoon.

The accident happened a little after 3 p.m. on the southbound span, said Carlton Dufrechou, the Causeway’s general manager.

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Good Samaritan rescues man whose truck fell into lake from Causeway

A good Samaritan jumped into Lake Pontchartrain and saved a man whose truck had plunged into the water after tumbling over the side of the Causeway bridge Saturday afternoon.

The accident happened a little after 3 p.m. on the southbound span, said Carlton Dufrechou, the Causeway’s general manager.

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Photos depict dramatic Causeway Bridge rescue, new details emerge

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) –
Good Samaritans were in full action by the time Causeway Police arrived on the scene of a truck in the water.

Dramatic pictures of the frantic effort Saturday afternoon to save a driver were taken by Dave Grunfeld of NOLA.com the Times Picayune.

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Causeway eyes re-designed guardrails to prevent overboard crashes

MANDEVILLE, La. — The southbound span of the Causeway Bridge is set to turn 58 this year. Those that maintain it know a lot has changed in the way of travel in that time.

‘When the bridge was designed, the prevalence of cars were all big, Detroit-iron, low center of gravity, and the late ’80s, early ’90s started seeing a switch to SUV’s and more personal trucks,’ said Carlton Dufrechou, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission executive director.

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After four morning accidents, Causeway director calls for drivers to ‘refocus’

It’s the 24-mile-long bridge that CNN Travel recently called “a pulse-quickening half-hour drive.” While some local Causeway commuters might beg to differ with that analysis, a handful of accidents last week prompted the bridge’s top official to urge drivers to be attentive while driving across the lake, especially during the hectic morning commute.

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