Bridging Lake Pontchartrain

The bridging of St. Tammany Parish and Orleans Parishes had been an issue of public interest from before the age of the automobile. Rail and ferry crossings of the lake were already well established by the time automobile bridges were contemplated in the 1910s. A great deal of public interest and propaganda developed regarding the earliest proposals of an auto bridge across Lake Pontchartrain or adjoining waters.

Pontchartrain Causeway Assoc. vs. Watson-Williams & Co.

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…

Maestri Bridge

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.

Chef Menteur Pass Bridge

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…

Rigolets Bridge

The Rigolets Bridge opened on June 9, 1930, as one of the first public bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. It spanned almost 3,900 feet and carried U.S. Highway 90 connecting New Orleans to Slidell. The bridge is located at the edge of…