NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Early morning fog leads to restrictions on the Causeway Bridge.
Causeway Police and the fog team are out on both bridges monitoring conditions Monday morning. As of 5:30 a.m., traffic on the northbound span has been reduced to right-lane traffic only, with a reduced speed of 35 mph.
Heading southbound, all lanes are open. Drivers are asked to drive carefully with their low-beams on.
Meanwhile, an investigation continues into what caused a deadly crash on the southbound span Sunday morning. According to Causeway officials, a witness told them an SUV began to swerve and flipped over the side of the bridge.
The accident happened on the southbound span around 10:30 a.m. when the vehicle flipped over the railing near the 16 mile marker.
St. Tammany Water Rescue and the United States Coast Guard were on scene within minutes and divers went into the water, but the driver did not make it out. This is the second time in a month a vehicle has gone off the southbound side of the bridge and the second time a crash turned deadly.
Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou says too many wrecks happen because drivers don't pay attention.
"Whenever anything happens catastrophic on the bridge, it happens very, very quickly and it's just another instance," said Dufrechou. "[It's] another instance of whenever we're driving on the bridge, please always pay attention when you hear the 'clump, clump, clump' of the expansion joints, for the next 23 minutes, pay attention driving on the bridge."
There has also been a lot of talk about the guard rails on the southbound span of the bridge. They are lower than the northbound bridge.
Crash tests begin next month on new, higher rails.