LEEVILLE - Belle Chasse-based fighter jets scrambled to intercept a helicopter that entered U.S. airspace and approached New Orleans from the Gulf of Mexico without communicating with local authorities. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, known as NORAD, the AgustaWestland AW-139 copter was forced to land at about... more »
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... more »
BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials have allowed up to 300,000 cars and trucks to use a troubled toll bridge in far south Louisiana without operators paying. That's according to a report issued on Monday. In addition, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in an 18-page review that state officials failed... more »
BATON ROUGE - State auditors say an electronic toll collection system implemented on the LA 1 Bridge in Leeville three years ago continues to struggle with glitches that have been preventing it from collecting some toll violations. In a financial report released Monday, the state auditor's office said the Louisiana... more »
BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer of the Department of Transportation and Development says a troubled toll bridge in coastal south Louisiana has increased its collections by adding a payment lane on site. But DOTD Undersecretary Michael Bridges acknowledged the change last month also has encountered problems, including equipment... more »
LEEVILLE - The state Department of Transportation and Development has resumed collecting tolls on the LA 1 bridge in Leeville. The tolls were suspended Sunday after a state of emergency was declared in advance of Tropical Storm Debby.
Debby's center was essentially stationary about 50 miles south of Apalachicola,... more »
State transportation officials say drivers paid $1.9 million in tolls during the first six months that the new Leeville bridge has been open. That's less than the $2.4 million the state had hoped to take in by this time on the Tomey J. Doucet bridge, but it's still within the... more »