The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Toll Plaza in Mandeville now has 5 toll booth lanes. A fifth lane opened Monday morning.
Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou says it's hoped the additional lane will speed up the flow of traffic through the plaza, especially during the weekday morning rush.
"We had actually no backup to speak of whatsoever (Monday morning). The furthest it got was maybe about a block back, not even to the toe of the Monroe Overpass," Dufrechou said.
Work to add a toll booth to the plaza's fifth lane began in the summer of 2012. A new toll collection system has also been installed.
Dufrechou says public reaction to the additional lane has been mostly positive.