Two bids were placed to construct the bridge across Lak Pontchartrain. From late 1924 until a decision was made in February 1925, The Times-Picayune reported frequently on construction proposals received by the Louisiana Highway Commission. Sometimes the paper printed multiple stories on the project in just one day.
One proposal had the bridge crossing Lake Pontchartrain at the West End, a 23-mile stretch to Mandeville in St. Tammany.
The other proposal, made 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, with an additional 10 miles of approach.