City Council to hold meeting focused on CCC toll extension

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Posted on August 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 23 at 7:36 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council is turning its attention to the future of the Crescent City Connection on Thursday.

Many groups opposed to an extension, including the Bureau of Governmental Research, believe there is not enough justification to continue the tolls.

Other groups worry about who will pay the costs associated with bridge operation, including $800,000 for lights alone. There is concern over maintenance, grass cutting and street sweeping. The group is also concerned about a plans to privatize the ferries.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be on hand at the 10 a.m. City Hall meeting with an update on the plans.

"DOTD is committed to continuing the essential services in this area. Residents will not have to worry about that," said Bambi Hall of the DOTD.

Residents in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes will find the fate of the tolls in their hands during the upcoming November 6 election.

Voters have the option to extend the tolls for 20 years or to let them expire on December 31.

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