St. Tammany council could vote on Causeway toll hike tonight

St. Tammany council could vote on Causeway toll hike tonight

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Council could vote tonight on a proposal that would eventually raise tolls on the Causeway.

The Causeway Commission wants to raise money to improve safety on the bridge but first they need the St. Tammany and Jefferson parish councils to sign off on a proposal to sell more than $100 million in bonds.

The bond money would be used to construct emergency lanes and raise the railings on the bridge. Then, tolls would have to be raised to pay off the bonds.

Cash paying drivers would be required to pay $2 more and tag holders would pay an additional dollar. Over the years, there have been numerous accidents on the bridge with drivers launching over the railings and into the water.

The general manager of the Causeway says nearly every driver who went overboard did so on the southbound side which has lower railings than the northbound side.

Opponents of the project say they're concerned about how exactly this money would be spent and say they don't want motorists to have to pay more, for years.

The St. Tammany council meets tonight at 6 p.m. to take up the bond issue.

There is no indication as to when the Jefferson Parish council will vote.

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