Chef Menteur Pass Bridge

Stop 3 of 4 in the Bridging Lake Pontchartrain tour

The Chef Menteur Pass Bridge offered free access to and from New Orleans, helping to make the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and the rest of the Gulf Coast more accessible to the city. Political candidate Huey Long was a vocal opponent to toll bridges. Upon becoming governor in 1928, Long sped along the construction of toll-free routes across the Lake. This bridge, along with a completed stretch of approach on either side, opened to the public on September 11, 1929.

For more in this area, read about Fort Macomb, or take a tour about the community that lived in Lake Catherine & the Rigolets.


First Free Bridge Across Pontchartrain Opens

First Free Bridge Across Pontchartrain Opens

Governor Huey P. Long cuts the ribbon to commemorate the opening of the Chef Menteur Pass Bridge in September 1929. Courtesy of The Times-Picayune View File Details Page

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Graham Cooper, “Chef Menteur Pass Bridge,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 28, 2017,
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