State lawmakers are giving the final approval to a multi-million-dollar plan to replace a 50-year-old movable bridge and tunnel in a southeastern parish.
Members of the state House and Senate transportation committees voted just before the weekend in favor of the $162 million Belle Chasse project.
Under the arrangement, a private firm will build a new bridge in exchange for the longtime revenue stream, where parish residents would pay 60-cents per trip across the overpass.
State transportation officials said the new bridge is expected to open in April 2024.
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