The toll rate on the LA Highway 1 bridge at Leeville in LaFourche Parish went up as much as 25% on January 1st for vehicles to access Port Fourchon and Grand Isle. The scheduled increased is mandated as part of the bond agreement when the bridge was constructed in 2009.
"We had to ensure that this project would keep up with inflation, would continue to be profitable and a good investment in terms of the risk to put the money up to build the structure that you see today," said state Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson.
Wilson says there will be increases across the board in eight different vehicle categories.
"A two axle vehicle that was going to be $3.00 is now going to be $3.75. On the high end, a six-axle 18-wheeler truck that was paying $15.00 to cross the structure will go up $3.00 to $18.00."
This is one of two tolling structures in the state. Wilson says if Louisiana residents want better roads, they may look at more toll roads in the Bayou State.
"Everyone talks about tolling and being like Texas and being like Florida and being like Alabama. Well, as a result of tolling, they are seeing projects go under construction. They're seeing projects completed. And Louisiana is poised to do that as well."
GeauxPass holders will continue to be able to use the LA-1 bridge as before without having to stop to pay their toll.