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MISSION STATEMENT
The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission’s mission is to provide a safe and
efficient transportation corridor for daily commuters and motorists throughout the region. 

MISSION STATEMENT
The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission’s mission is to provide a safe and efficient transportation corridor for daily commuters and motorists throughout the region. 

Our mission is accomplished by providing around the clock traffic management; ensuring motorists’ safety; rapid response to emergencies; continuous maintenance of the bridge’s structure, roadways, equipment and facilities; and, educating the public about driver safety.

COMMISSION MEMBERS
Wanda L. Theriot, Chair
Gary Cooper, Vice Chair
Evans Spiceland, Treasurer
James A. “Red” Thompson II, Secretary
Ralph C. Cox, Jr., Member

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION

In the 1940s and 1950s, the City of New Orleans began to grow rapidly. As the number of people driving automobiles in and around New Orleans became more prevalent, citizens began clamoring for shorter and quicker ways to travel to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Driving around the Lake was a time consuming effort. 

To meet the needs of citizens, the State of Louisiana’s Constitution was amended in 1952 to allow the Parishes of Jefferson and St. Tammany to jointly build a toll bridge across Lake Pontchartrain. In 1954, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) was established to enact the measures mandated in the Constitution. They included construction, operation, maintenance and setting policies for the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. 

KEY STAFF

Carlton Dufrechou, General Manager
Melissa Phillpott, Director of Finance
Robert J. Graham, Jr., Director of Operations
Eileen M. Barthe’, Director of Human Resources
Conrad H. Franz, Jr., Director of Public Safety

EMPLOYEES

All of the employees of the Causeway Bridge are truly remarkable.  They are deeply dedicated to our mission to make our commuters’ trips across the bridge safe and timely.

An example of their exemplary service shines through during hurricane season. When the sustained winds get up to 60-miles per hour they close the bridge and stay on duty during the storm.  After the storm, they perform thorough inspections for damage. They work diligently to open the bridge within 24 hours so emergency first responders can get across.

Commission Meeting Notice

The September 7, 2022 GNOEC meeting has been postponed till Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Greater New Orleans Expressway office on the Northshore located at 100 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70001.

The official agenda will be posted 72 hours before the scheduled meeting, but no less than 24 hours. Public comment is limited to those items on the Agenda. Each member of the public wishing to comment on an Agenda item is limited to 3 minutes.

Any person wishing to have an item considered for inclusion on a future Agenda must submit a request in writing to the Commission at mcarlisle@gnoec.org at least 72 hours before a scheduled meeting. Please refer to the Causeway Commission tab or contact us by phone (504-835-3118) for more information.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please send an email to mcarlisle@gnoec.org or contact the number listed above and describe the assistance that is necessary.