Leeville Bridge handling less traffic
Officials say a new toll bridge in Lafourche Parish is handling less traffic than predicted.
Michael Bridges, undersecretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development, says the issue involves the $161 million Leeville bridge over Bayou Lafourche on La. Highway 1, which began collecting fees in July 2009.
Most car drivers pay $2.50 per roundtrip. The top charge is $12 for big trucks.
The Advocate reports the bridge is part of a larger project to improve traffic flow on an often watery corridor used to haul a big portion of the nation's crude oil and natural gas supplies.
Bridges said traffic volume is about half of what was predicted, mostly because of fewer commercial trucks going to and from Port Fourchon.