Southbound Causeway to be closed today

SUV went off Causeway Tuesday morning

Thomas Perumean
May 15, 2019 - 9:16 am

Recovery efforts of an SUV that sailed off the southbound Causeway will get underway this morning at 11am.  

"On Wednesday, May 15, the southbound Causeway Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 11 AM to 2 PM for vehicle recovery from the Tuesday morning overboard. Please use an alternate route if going south during this period We apologize for any inconvenience," according to a notice from Causeway officials.

The SUV left the roadway, crashed through the guardrail and into Lake Ponchartrain around 6am Tuesday morning near mile marker 18.  

Two people and their dog were rescued from the waters as the operation shut down the causeway during the morning commute.  

Causeway officials and workers have gathered equipment and scheduled the recovery operation, about three hours, to take place during slack travel numbers on the bridge.  

Investigators say the driver was using a phone and became distracted prior to the crash.

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