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Upson, Dr. Maxwell

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: BridgesEra: 1950sDateCreated: 1956Lake Pontchartrain CausewayNew OrleansState: LACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/project/lake-pontchartrain-causeway-bridge/Creator: Upson, Dr. Maxwell

In the 1940s and 1950s, New Orleans experienced growth. Unfortunately, access from the north to the City continued to be limited by Lake Pontchartrain. Driving around the Lake was a time consuming effort. During this time period, a renewed interest developed to provide a direct connection across the center of the Lake to the north shore. As a result, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission was formed to build the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. The original bridge (southbound) was opened on August 30, 1956.

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