The Times-Picayune reported substantially on updates regarding two bids before the Louisiana Highway Commission. Sometimes the paper printed multiple stories in one day, from late 1924 until a decision was made in February 1925. One proposal had the bridge crossing Lake Pontchartrain at the West End, a 23-mile stretch to Mandeville in St. Tammany.
The other, proposed by Watson, Williams, and Company, had the bridge crossing 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 would also be needed.