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  • Audit: La. 1 bridge finances stabilize

    November 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    LEEVILLE - A state audit says the La. 1 bridge in Leeville is collecting more money from tolls after years of under-collecting. The bridge was built partially on money to be repaid through the tolls. But revenue from those tolls lagged, and the state lagged on repaying the debt. Recent... more »
  • Vitter, others support tolls to complete I-49

    October 7, 2014 10:16 AM

    LAFAYETTE - 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.... more »
  • Vitter, others support tolls to complete I-49

    October 4, 2014 7:00 PM

    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... more »
  • La. 1 toll collections resume

    October 7, 2013 11:32 AM

    LEEVILLE - Toll collections on La. 1 start near Leeville again today at noon. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development had suspended the tolls due to evacuations of Grand Isle caused by Tropical Storm Karen. More information can be found on DOTD's website . more »
  • Lawmaker pushes tolls on Sunshine Bridge

    March 11, 2013 8:01 AM

    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... more »
  • DOTD: No bridge tolls mean layoffs for workers

    March 7, 2013 7:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials say a suspension of bridge tolls at the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans means pink slips for 31 temporary workers hired pending the outcome of a contested November referendum. The Department of Transportation and Development, which runs the bridge, said Wednesday the layoffs... more »
  • Extension of bridge tolls upheld

    February 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The vote to approve a 20-year extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls has been upheld. There was a partial recount of nearly 4,000 paper ballots in Orleans Parish. The official 18-vote margin was extended by 18 votes out of more than 308,000 ballots cast... more »
  • Audit: Unpaid tolls cost millions

    December 4, 2012 10:27 AM

    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 »
  • Officials asked to challenge bridge tolls election

    November 20, 2012 3:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of Crescent City Connection tolls have ask Jefferson Parish officials to challenge referendum results. The Nov. 6 referendum to extend the tolls passed by a 16 vote margin. Stop the Tolls and the Voters League of Unincorporated West Jefferson contend a formal canvass of the election... more »
  • Tolls reinstated on LA 1 bridge in Leeville

    June 25, 2012 2:34 PM

    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 »
  • Toll increase may lie ahead for Leeville bridge

    January 14, 2011 10:16 AM

    THIBODAUX - Toll increases may be ahead for the bridge that is the only land route to Grand Isle. Figures released Thursday by the state transportation department show that the Leeville toll bridge is not collecting enough money to meet the terms of a $164 million loan used to build... more »

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