Motorists can expect to pay more to cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway if the members of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) follow the recommendation made by the agency’s staff at a July 20 meeting held on the north shore in Council Chambers at the Parish Administrative Complex. The increased revenue will be used to fund $103 million in bridge safety improvements.
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Officials overseeing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway are eyeing a toll increase for commuters.
A proposal to raise tolls on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to finance $103 million in safety improvements generated a lot of discussion and questions at a recent public meeting and in the comment streams on NOLA.com. People want to know such things as how much toll revenue is collected, how many traffic tickets are issued and why Causeway police officers patrol the Huey P. Long Bridge.
Citizens filled the St. Tammany Parish Council chambers Wednesday night (July 20) and listened politely as Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials explained in detail a proposal to increase tolls to fund $103 million in safety improvements on the 24-mile bridge. Then, one-by-one, most of the speakers expressed criticisms and objections to the plan to beef up railings on the southbound span and construct sections of shoulder on both bridges.
A toll increase is being proposed for the Causeway to help pay for up to $133 million in safety improvements on the bridge. Officials said upgrading the outdated bridge could save lives and save time for commuters.
Tolls might soon increase on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The administration is recommending that the Causeway Commission raise the toll by $1 for tag customers, $2 for cash customers, and borrow $103 million to improve safety by beefing up railings on the southbound bridge and building segmented shoulders on both 24-mile bridges.
For only the second time in 60 years, crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway could soon get more costly.