Causeway reopened _lowres

Photo by Yvette Dellucky -- Traffic is heavily congested on North Causeway Boulevard Thursday morning. The Causeway spanning Lake Pontchartrain was reopened shortly after noon Thursday after being closed down for two days because of the winter storm.

The Causeway bridge reopened in both directions at 12:09 p.m., according to General Manager Carlton Dufrechou — after being closed since Tuesday.

Traffic was backed up on N. Causeway Boulevard at noon, in expectation of the reopening, with some cars honking as the line of vehicles began slowing moving forward.

The northbound span was opened for about an hour and a half Wednesday afternoon, but then was closed when temperatures dipped back below freezing.

The closure was the longest in recent memory, Dufrechou said.