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Ortho Reb
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails

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Great! Now they just have to close the out side lanes to fix that bottleneck problem.


They also need to remove the booths. I was against keeping the toll, but those cops will be giving out as many speeding tickets as possible now. There are signs that say to slow down to 25 MPH, so they'll probably leave the booths and put up speeding cameras. I usually only slow down to 45 MPH when there's not a lot of traffic.


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VetteGuy
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Mandeville
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
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I do appreciate the fact that traffic seems to runs smoothly and accidents are swiftly dealt with. I have commuted that bridge for 8yrs with minimum issues and no tickets from the concrete police. That $3 toll should really be looked at for reduction.


The Causeway Commission is so secretive about the ridiculous contracts they award for the never-ending improvements it really makes you wonder where the money is going. And do they really need a fleet of 100+ vehicles?

Fight the power, Northshore.


Teddy Ruxpin
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New Orleans, LA
Member since Oct 2006
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
I wonder if they share cruisers or if they all get their own assigned to them so they can drive it home and park it in their driveway to put folks on notice in the 'hood.


VetteGuy
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Mandeville
Member since Feb 2008
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
No clue.

Can't understand the need for multiple 4x4 Expeditons and their claim that they are excluded from from public bid laws and disclosing any details about the contracts they award.

I'm just a stupid taxpayer, though. Probably best that I don't raise any questions.


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BayouBengal83
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Margaritaville
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
When I lived in Denham Sorings a few years ago, a neighbor down the street would have his causeway patrol car in his driveway. Thought that was a bit of a ridiculous commute on the taxpayer's dime.


VetteGuy
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Mandeville
Member since Feb 2008
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
It's OK. He pays $150 a month for the use of a car, gas, and insurance to go back and forth to work each day.

Plus, look at all those bank robbers he catches on th way!


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kaleidoscope tiger
Member since Aug 2012
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
I do miss seeing the bridge lit up in the NOLA skyline, though.


kaleidoscope tiger
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
I do miss seeing the bridge lit up in the NOLA skyline, though.


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Fontainebleau Dr.
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Gonzaaaaales
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
The CCC bridge has been lit up again for about the last month.


chalmetteowl
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it's a beautiful thing!!!!!!!
Member since Jan 2008
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
a GREAT day for NOLA... i'll go over to the West Bank more often now...

until they use our money right they shouldn't get anymore...


macatak911
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kaleidoscope tiger
Member since Aug 2012
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
Who pays for them?


lsu31always
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
The state will pay 47 dollars a day to keep them on I assume


BottomlandBrew
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Nashville
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
I did my part and voted no.


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kaleidoscope tiger
Member since Aug 2012
370 posts

re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
Strange that the state is willing to take on another expense with the huge budget shortfalls.


TIGERSandFROGS
TCU Fan
Member since Jul 2007
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
Considering YLC paid the full expense for putting them up in the 1980's contingent upon the state paying the maintenance and electricity for them in perpetuity, I sure don't think so. They're a beautiful component of the night skyline in a city that until recent years was otherwise devoid of any (the Superdome was dark at night until last year), and the bulk of the cost was paid for by the community.


VetteGuy
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Mandeville
Member since Feb 2008
15737 posts

re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
The entity or person that decided to "punish" the citizens by turning off the lights is an idiot. That act almost single-handedly guaranteed the tolls would be abolished.

We voters aren't very bright, but we don't like being threatened .


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Fontainebleau Dr.
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Gonzaaaaales
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
All of the citizens of Louisiana pay a $.20/gal gas tax that goes to the LDOT for maintenance of roads and bridges. In this regard, the toll amounted to nothing more than a double taxation of West Bank commuters.

The LDOT has, and always had a legal obligation to keep the CCC exactly as it was.

Turning off the lights was nothing more than an intimidation tactic by politicians and local officials towards the Greater New Orleans area voters. Even if the toll money was used to pay for the decorative lighting, why would they be shut off when there was still $31 million left in the toll fund? Thankfully, the general public fought back, and the lights were turned back on.

If New Orleans area politicians and officials had any fiscal creativity at all, they'd consider installing LED lights similar to what's on the exterior of the Superdome. So instead of costing $45/day, they'd cost about $15/day. And instead of paying out tens of thousands of dollars annually for "lighting maintenance," we'd pay almost nothing since LED light bulbs can last for about fifty years.


vl100butch
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Ridgeland, MS
Member since Sep 2005
24917 posts

re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
I'd also add if the toll money were used for west bank road improvements such as extending the elevated expressway from Ames Blvd to the Huey and down to the Boutte bridge, people probably would have voted to keep them.....


TIGERSandFROGS
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Member since Jul 2007
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re: Crescent City Connection tolls eliminated for good after referendum fails
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I'd also add if the toll money were used for west bank road improvements such as extending the elevated expressway from Ames Blvd to the Huey and down to the Boutte bridge, people probably would have voted to keep them.....


That wouldn't be a wise investment, considering the Fed Dept of Transportation will be shelling out the dough for that eventually to be the route of I-49. If anything, they should've improved the tolling capacity to be like the toll roads in Texas, which don't hinder traffic flow.


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