The Times-Picayune reported substantially on updates regarding two bids which the Louisiana Highway Commission was deliberating. Sometimes the paper printed multiple stories per day, from late 1924 until a decision was made in February 1925. One proposal sought to cross the Pontchartrain at the West End with a 23-mile stretch to Mandeville in St. Tammany.
The other, proposed by Watson, Williams, and Company, would cross the Pontchartrain at a narrower path, from an area known as Little Woods in eastern New Orleans into Slidell. The latter required only five miles of bridge over the Lake, but an additional 10 miles of approach was also needed.