Jefferson Parish Councilman Roberts Wants Voters To Decide Causeway Tolls

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts

METAIRIE, LA (AP) — Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts wants a public referendum to decide whether the Causeway Commission should raise tolls on the 24-mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain.

         Roberts tells WDSU-TV’s Aubry Killion he'll ask the Jefferson Parish Council to discuss the increase. He likens his plan to a 2013 election where voters rejected extending tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge over the Mississippi River. That second election came after a lawsuit over a first election where pro-toll voters narrowly prevailed.

         The commission voted Aug. 11 to increase prices by $1 for toll tag users and $2 for cash customers, bringing tolls to $3 and $5 respectively. Tolls are collected only going southbound.

         Causeway officials plan to use the money to build higher rails on the older southbound bridge and driver pull-off areas.

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