Letter: Dedication, hard work kept Causeway functional

Several of our “old timers” tell me that the recent freeze brought was the worst icing ever experienced on the Causeway. Were it not for the dedication of our maintenance crews, police officers, dispatchers and the cooperation of our commuters and the news media, this wintery adventure could have quickly become a disaster. Many of our personnel have worked nearly nonstop for several days until both our spans were open at noon Thursday. I want to thank each of them for their dedication and hard work and their families for their understanding and patience.

I also want to applaud our commuters who worked with us from day one of this storm to see it through. Your cooperation and understanding has been astounding. Last, I must thank the news media for their efforts to help us keep our commuters and everyone informed throughout the storm. The Causeway belongs to all of us, and this latest storm has been a great reminder that not only this bridge but our regional functions at its best when we all work together as a team. Thank you all.

Carlton Dufrechou

Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission