La. seeks federal loan to pay for bridge

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Posted: Dec 21, 2012 4:54 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 4:54 PM

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Topics: Toll, bridge, Leeville, transportation

BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials are trying to negotiate a $174 million federal loan to ease problems in paying for a toll bridge in south Louisiana.

The $371 million bridge, which opened in 2009, is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Leeville and crosses Bayou Lafourche, just west of Grand Isle.

It is on a key corridor use to haul crude oil and natural gas supplies and is heavily used by fishermen.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report earlier this month that the toll bridge is failing to generate enough revenue to pay for the structure.

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