Report: Plans for Causeway widening in Metairie back on again

Report: Plans for Causeway widening in Metairie back on again
Traffic slows on Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, looking north from Airline Drive, on Nov. 8, 2003. (Photo by John McCusker, The Times-Picayune archive)

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Council is revisiting a proposal to widen Causeway Boulevard in central Metairie, according to a report by our partners | The Times-Picayune. 

The council was awarded a $1.5 million contract to design the widening and the related subsurface drainage and traffic signal work at intersections, according to the report.

The report states that Causeway is one of only four East Jefferson thoroughfares that connect neighborhoods near Lake Pontchartrain and with those near the Mississippi River. Between West Napoleon and Airline, it carried about 53,700 vehicles on the average day in 2017, down from 63,000 in 2002, according to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development statistics, according to the report.

On Wednesday, the council approved the new contract with Design Engineering Inc. of Metairie.

Only part of the work is immediately authorized: $575,000 for preliminary design, a topographic survey, geotechnical investigation and a traffic study.

The rest will depend on available funding, according to the council's resolution, according to the report.

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