NEW ORLEANS - A controversial issue facing voters on November 6 is whether or not the Crescent City Connection tolls should be renewed for another 20 years.
Numerous elected officials ask for the public’s support to continue the tolls on the CCC.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and some elected leaders from New Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes are pushing for the extension of tolls on the bridge – it is a second attempt by public officials to voice support for keeping the tolls.
As Tuesday’s election nears, Landrieu was joined by Gretna Mayor Ronnie Harris, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and New Orleans City Council members Jackie Clarkson, Susan Guidry and Kristin Giselson Palmer.
The bridges were described as an economic engine carved in concrete, asphalt and steel by the officials as they stood below the CCC, urging voters to elect to keep the tolls.
“The metropolitan area of New Orleans has begun to compete on a national and international level from a business perspective and this bridge,” said Landrieu, “is one of the major reasons why we are able to compete and why we are able to work across parishes to act as partners.”
By ending the tolls, maintenance on the bridge could suffer, such as a reduction in grass cutting, trash pick-up and lighting for the bridge.
“It is the right thing to do to vote ‘yes’ for the tolls,” said Harris. “It provides the funding source for 20 years. It provides the opportunity for infrastructure improvements, and it is a community that we can be proud of: Lights lit, grass cut, police doing safety and security.”
“We do not want to risk the maintenance, the public safety or the future economic development for 40 cents,” said Clarkson, remarking on the cost for drivers who have toll tags pay to cross the CCC.
On Tuesday, a competing news conference was held by officials and business leaders who said there is no need for the tolls.