NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Residents could start seeing construction on The Causeway Bridge in the coming days.
Crews will begin work to add shoulders along both the North and South bridge to help with traffic and prevent accidents.
This will be the most significant improvement to the bridge since the 2nd bridge was completed in 1969.
Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said construction should start at the end of the month.
He says most of the construction should happen on barges alongside The Causeway, and should have very little impact on traffic.
Another project, which includes safety rails being added on the south bound bridge, could start around late March.
This work will mostly be done at night and possibly on weekends.
Dufrechou said The Causeway is still set to be open year round.
“Segmented shoulders there will be twelve of them total, 6 on the north bound bridge, 6 on the south bound bridge, each will be a thousand plus feet long, they will be between the 7 existing crossovers, so they’ll more than quadruple the emergency stopping area," said Dufrechou. "About a third of the crashes we have on the causeway are rear ends into broken down vehicles.”
Dufrechou said the first should could be completed as early as July and then hopefully a new one will be completed every month after that.