Bill to Create Calcasieu Parish Tolling Authority for New I-10 Bridge Passed by House Transportation Committee

Bill to Create Calcasieu Parish Tolling Authority for New I-10 Bridge Passed by House Transportation Committee

The House Transportation Committee passed Louisiana House Bill 561 (LA HB561) of the 2019 session on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, that would work with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) to create a Calcasieu Parish Tolling Authority. This would be the authority over the proposed new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge to be built using funding through a public-private-parnership (P3).

A Summary of LA HB 561:

AN ACT 2 To enact Chapter 36 of Title 48 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to be comprised 3 of R.S. 48:2191 through 2204, relative to the creation of the Calcasieu Parish Tolling 4 Authority; to provide for definitions; to establish a board of directors; to specify the 5 purpose, powers, jurisdiction, and duties of the authority; to provide relative to the 6 ethics code and public records; to provide relative to tolls, bonds, and other revenue; 7 to provide relative to certain projects, acquisition of land, and utilities; to provide 8 relative to public-private partnership projects; and to provide for related matters.

More Information about LA HB 561 and a Proposed I-10 Calcasieu River Toll Bridge

Over the past few months, there have been many residents in Southwest Louisiana who are against a toll on a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge There have also been several people who have said that they are willing to pay a toll if it gets a new bridge build faster.

Read the full version of LA HB 561 and track its progress.

Find out more about the proposed new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge here.

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