Momentum Grows for a Referendum on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Toll Hike

WWL News reports that the push by local officials for a referendum on a proposed Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission toll increase – needed to pay for $100 million in bonds for safety improvements – is gaining some momentum. The report adds that the state legislature “would have to pave the way for a referendum regarding Causeway tolls. It’s something local lawmakers say they’re open to.”

The New Orleans Advocate catches up on the story, reporting, “Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts has asked the parish administration to look into what steps would be necessary to have the . . . toll increases approved earlier this month by the Causeway Commission put to a vote by Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish residents.”