Leeville Bridge to hike toll rates

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Posted: Dec 13, 2012 7:31 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 7:31 AM

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LEEVILLE - The cost to cross the Leeville Bridge will soon go up.

The Courier reports the toll rate for the bridge along La. Highway 1 has long been scheduled to increase by 20 percent in the new year.

Car and truck drivers pay a $2.50 toll, which would rise to $3. Large trucks with more than six axles would see an increase from $12 to $15.

Though the bridge is having financial problems, officials on the Louisiana Transportation Authority Board say it's unlikely the rates will be raised higher than the 20 percent increase already planned.

A legislative audit found that the bridge payment system had been deficient in collecting toll revenue and suggested the bridge could struggle to meet increased financial obligations in the future.

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