Retaining walls on southbound span need to be raised to prevent vehicles from plunging into the lake
Causeway officials have applied for $39 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation to pay for safety improvements on the bridge, including raising the retaining walls on the southbound span, which are below modern standards.
Causeway GM Carlton Dufrechou tells 99.5FM the retaining walls need to be raised to prevent today's vehicles with higher centers of gravity from leaving the bridge and plunging into the lake.
"It would have to be elevated about 10 inches I believe to get up to contemporary standards," Dufrechou said.
He says if they don't get the grants, they'll continue to look for other grants to apply for. There are no plans to raise the tolls.
"We're trying to do everything but, everything possible to avoid raising the tolls," Dufrechou emphasized.
The feds will decide who gets the grants in the fall.