Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts has asked the parish administration to look into what steps would be necessary to have the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway toll increases approved earlier this month by the Causeway Commission put to a vote by Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish residents.
Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts wants a referendum to decide whether the Causeway Commission may raise tolls on the 24-mile bridges over Lake Pontchartrain. Roberts tells WDSU television he’ll ask the Parish Council to discuss the increase.
The first span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was completed in 1956, when cars sported fins and the postwar suburban explosion was still years away from the north shore. The Causeway and the parishes it connects have changed dramatically since then, but two things from the original span remain: the concrete used to build it and the debt incurred to pay for it.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police had more than stormy weather and heavy traffic to deal with Friday afternoon (Aug. 12). At about 3:30 p.m., a man on a bicycle cruised onto the northbound span and made it about a mile before police heard about the stunt and caught up with him.
Normally, bond resolutions cruise through the St. Tammany Parish Council like a toll-tag commuter at a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway toll booth — barely slowing down to get the green light.
After two and a half years of study, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials voted Wednesday night (Aug. 10) to raise the tolls to pay for $103 million in safety improvements, despite objections from many citizens in the audience. But that doesn’t mean it’s a done deal — yet.
MANDEVILLE – Wednesday night’s vote to go forward with safety improvements on the Causeway, at the cost of increasing tolls and the bridge’s debt, is far from final.
Driving the 24 miles over Lake Pontchartrain could get more expensive next year after the Causeway Commission voted Wednesday night to increase tolls on the bridge for the first time since 1995.