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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Dotd To Adjust Toll Booth Hours

Dotd To Adjust Toll Booth Hours

Starting in October, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will begin its fall and winter staffing schedule for toll collections on the Leeville overpass. 

While toll booths are now staffed on a 24-hour a day, seven day a week basis, the fall will bring toll collections by DOTD personnel only during peak driving hours. For other times, specifically late evening and very early morning, motorists will use the automated toll machine at the overpass entrance to pay fares. 

Toll collectors are expected to remain in place for peak traffic times including early mornings and late afternoons, specifically for shift changes at Port Fourchon, according to Henri Boulet, Executive Director of the LA1 Coalition.

There is a “Help” feature on each of the toll collections machines that motorists can use if they experience difficulty in using the machine.  This feature will allow motorists to communicate with DOTD personnel who will assist in completing the transaction. 

DOTD will monitor traffic patterns weekly and make adjustments to the toll collection methods as necessary. 

In addition, the LA1 Coalition requested DOTD to expedite a safety assessment of the intersection of LA Hwy. 3235 with the Larose Link connector road (LA Hwy. 657) after numerous accidents at the intersection. 

DOTD acknowledged that the safety review of the intersection is underway and the department would advise the coalition of the findings, which could possibly include the installation of flashing caution lights or a stoplight. 

The review is expected to begin this week.