Volkert Wins $50 million Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Shoulder Project

Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is in desperate need of shoulders to increase safety on the bridge. Volkert was selected to design these essential and long-awaited shoulder additions.

The bridge shoulders, comprising 12 “safety bays,” will provide a safe space for disabled vehicles to pull over out of traffic. They will also increase safety for motorists and emergency personnel in the event of a crash.

Volkert was able to design shoulders 16 feet wide and 1,008 feet long within the $50 million budget—exceeding the Commission’s original request of 672-foot shoulders.

“We are thrilled by the selection of Volkert for this project by the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission, and we’re excited to be working with them again,” comments Volkert’s project lead Jan Evans. “Volkert designed the northbound span of the bridge, which won an American Institute of Steel Construction award in the movable span category in 1969. The Commission and the Causeway are great parts of Volkert history.”

Shoulder construction is expected to begin in 2018. View a video of the proposed project.