Opponents to Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Toll Hike Seize on Bonds

The New Orleans Advocate looks at criticism of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission’s vote to hike tolls to finance $130 million in safety improvements, reporting that, “[T]he most fundamental question raised by the critics concerns the original bonds that built the world’s longest bridge. The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission still carries $43 million in debt, the oldest of which was incurred 60 years ago. If that debt were ever paid off . . ., the Causeway would revert to state control. The commission could be dissolved and the tolls removed.”