Some Northshore Republicans want to see the effort to raise the tolls on the Causeway derailed. One group has voted to urge officials to reject the funding for safety improvements.
St. Tammany Parish’s Republican Party has come out against plans to raise tolls and make $103 million in safety improvements on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The Republican Executive Committee said it will ask the Parish Council to deny approval of a bond issue needed for the project.
A week from Thursday, the St. Tammany Council could vote on whether or not to support a safety project on the Causeway, which would require higher tolls and debt.
Causeway commuters are preparing to foot the bill as tolls are set to be raised from $3 to $5 for those paying cash to cross the bridge.
During the recent debate over the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway’s proposed toll increase, citizens have questioned and criticized the use of about $2 million in annual Causeway revenue to police the Huey P. Long Bridge and for parishes in the New Orleans area. The St. Tammany Parish Council on Thursday (Sept. 1) adopted a resolution calling on the parish’s legislative delegation to introduce legislation requiring that all Causeway funds be used exclusively for maintaining, operating and improving the bridge.