Lawmaker pushes tolls on Sunshine Bridge
ST. JAMES - Travelers may once again have to pay money to cross the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish, if one state lawmaker has his way.
State Sen. Troy Brown has been meeting with officials Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes to tout his plan to draft legislation during the upcoming legislative session to bring back tolls on the bridge.
The Sunshine Bridge originally collected tolls when it opened up until 1979. They were reestablished in 1989 and suspended again in 1999.
Brown says a 50-cent toll each way would generate just over $4 million per year. The senator said his plan would split the revenue equally among the state and the three parishes.
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