La. seeks federal loan to pay for bridge

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 3:36 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State transportation officials are trying to negotiate a $174 million federal loan to ease problems in paying for a toll bridge in south Louisiana.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/12ENZQM ) the $371 million bridge, which opened in 2009, is on Louisiana Highway 1 in Leeville and crosses Bayou Lafourche, just west of Grand Isle.

It is on a key corridor use to haul crude oil and natural gas supplies and is heavily used by fishermen.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report earlier this month that the toll bridge is failing to generate enough revenue to pay for the structure.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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