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Calif. company examines La. toll road

3 years 8 months 5 days ago October 17, 2013 Oct 17, 2013 Thursday, October 17 2013 October 17, 2013 5:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

GALVEZ- A Californian company is getting the opportunity to study the feasibility of a toll road connecting LA 42 in Ascension and LA 16 in Livingston.

The two parishes handed over the reigns to American Transportation Partners to begin a two year study on the road.

If the company decides it's a good idea, it would bear all costs for construction and operation of the road, but would also collect revenue from the tolls.

Some people are ready to start paying to drive between the two parishes.

"We'll they're gonna need it eventually, there's no doubt, there's so many people moving out here, and it will relieve so much pressure coming through the back side of Denham Springs, that would be the shortcut then, so it would be good, it would work, there's no doubt, people would use it," said Warren Virgets, who drives in Ascension.

Still, some think the toll road is unnecessary, especially following improvements to LA 42 to ease traffic.

"Now I'm not sold on the idea 100%, you know I feel that the round-a-bout has created enough traffic flow to satisfy the average person, I'm not sure we need that toll bridge now," said Diane Chiek, who runs Fred's Food Shop on LA 42.

The company has two years to decide if they'll build the road.

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