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Vitter, others support tolls to complete I-49

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Saturday, October 04 2014 Oct 4, 2014 October 04, 2014 6:00 PM October 04, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "aggressively favors tolls" to pay part of the $3 billion needed for the completion of Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans.

Vitter made the statements Friday at a meeting of the I-49 South Coalition in Lafayette, drawing support from other attendees.

A feasibility study released recently concludes that a toll of 18 cents per mile toll could pay for 30-40 percent of the project.

Former state Transportation Secretary Kam Movassiaghi is calling for increased fuel taxes and a reorganized Department of Transportation and Development.

He's proposing an 8 percent tax on the base price of fuel to replace the current tax of 16 cents per gallon. Movassiaghi says the tax would bring in $690 million, versus the current tax, which generates $480 million.

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