Maestri Bridge

Stop 2 of 4 in the Bridging Lake Pontchartrain tour

The first bridge built across the Pontchartrain was the Watson-Williams Toll Bridge, also known as the Five-Mile Bridge and now the Maestri Bridge; the Louisiana Highway Commission approved its construction in 1925.

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Forewarning of Significance

Forewarning of Significance

This map-- from the day the decision was made official -- shows the significance of the bridge in a geographic sense. The state would reserve the right to build competing, alternate routes, though no private company could do so. The Rigolets and Chef Menteur Pass Bridges that the state suspended upon making this deal would be revived and completed under Huey Long's governorship. Courtesy of The Times-Picayune View File Details Page

Opened to Public

Opened to Public

Published the day that the bridge opened to public, the photographs depict the bridge essentially completed. Toll charges were initially $1.25 plus a ten-cent state tax and a ten-cent per extra passenger charge. Courtesy of The Times-Picayune View File Details Page

Pontchartrain Bridge to be Auctioned

Pontchartrain Bridge to be Auctioned

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Bridge Sold to State

Bridge Sold to State

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Bridge Sale to State Completed

Bridge Sale to State Completed

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Tolls Ended

Tolls Ended

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Cite this Page:

Graham Cooper, “Maestri Bridge,” New Orleans Historical, accessed July 26, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/336.
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