- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish Council has approved a Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bond issue that would pay for $103 million in safety improvements and require a toll increase to pay off the debt.

The funding would allow the Causeway to beef-up railings on the southbound span and add sections of shoulder on both bridges.

Prior to Thursday’s 9-4 vote, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2dzLvQx) council members heard from 15 citizens, who argued that the spending of such a large amount was unwarranted and that citizens should be allowed to vote on the issue.

Under the plan, the $2 round-trip cost for current toll-tag customers would rise to $3. Cash customers would see their $3 round-trip cost rise to $5. The Causeway Commission has voted to make the toll increase effective May 1.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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