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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, USA

From series “The Longest Bridges in the World”
Year: 1956. Lenght: 38.42 km.

In the United States, on the territory of the Louisiana state, there is a unique dam bridge with a length of 38.42 km. It was built over the Pontchartrain Lake and has two towns on its shores - Matairie and Mandeville. In reality, the construction of this bridge structure consists of two individual busbars, which allow free traffic in both directions. The reliability of the bridge is ensured by 9,000 concrete piles.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, USA The locals still remembered the necessity of the bridge building through the Pontchartrain lake in the end of the 19th century. At the development of the project of the first bridge worked Bernard de Mandeville - the founder of the city. He has proposed to build several artificial islands on the lake and then connect them to the bridges. The bridge construction was only 50 years later, 1948 started. Already in 1956 the two directions of the two-lane bridge were opened. The overall investment in the project amounted to more than 55 million US dollars.

The bridge became a good alternative to the ferry service. Now the journey from the north to the south shore of the lake takes about 50 minutes. It must be noted that the ride over the bridge since the opening is chargeable. The money is spent to maintain the technical reliability of the construction. Apart from its impressive size, the Dam Bridge also has an interesting feature. Louisiana state is characterized by the harsh climate and regularly suffers from the natural catastrophes that literally pass the bridge. In the course of their conversation there were several hurricanes, but the construction was never severely damaged. Next - King Fahd Causeway


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Best hotels near Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

New Orleans Marriott Metairie At Lakeway

Located in 16 km from Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
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Rooms: 220
The accommodations at this New Orleans Marriott offer a modern flat-screen TV with touch-screen controls. A desk and coffee machine are also … More: photo, rates and booking
Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport

Located in 17 km from Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
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Rooms: 122
Guests can enjoy the heated outdoor pool and hot tub as well as the sun terrace and gardens. Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport also offers a … More: photo, rates and booking
Extended Stay America - New Orleans - Metairie

Located in 18 km from Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
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Rooms: 102
A fully-equipped kitchen with a microwave, fridge, stovetop, and all utensils is available in each guest room at Extended Stay America New Orleans … More: photo, rates and booking
Sun Suites of Metairie

Located in 19 km from Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
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Rooms: 132
A kitchenette equipped with refrigerator, stove top, and coffee-making facilities is included in each guest room at Sun Suites New Orleans West. A TV … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

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French Quarter in New Orleans
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The unique ambience of the French Quarter, which is the most spectacular and picturesque district of New Orleans, is inextricably linked to one of the Disney cartoons. The French Quarter certainly will seem familiar to those who love an old Disney cartoon, The Princess …
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Top destination around Lake Pontchartrain Causeway - New Orleans

The old part of the city is known as the French Quarter. You will find numerous old buildings here. One of the oldest places of interest in New Orleans is Saint-Louis cemetery. Its history is connected with numerous legends. According to one of them the famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried at this cemetery. Since that time the cemetery has got the evil fame, so walking through it alone is strongly not recommended.
The central street of the city is called Bourbon Street and is located in the heart of the French Quarter. Here you will find best cafes and restaurants, numerous gift shops and stores. The bridge across Lake Pontchartrain is the best-known construction of modern architects. Its length estimates 38.5 km, so the bridge is considered the longest one of its kind.

The new part of town will also entertain you with its numerous interesting places. It is recommended to visit the new Zoo and Audubon Park, attend the business district of New Orleans with its unique office buildings made of glass, and walk through the picturesque St. Charles Avenue and Desire Street. Among the cultural activities we suggest visiting an excursion to the Museum of Louisiana and New Orleans Museum of Art, which traditionally host exciting exhibition.
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