Tolls Need To Be an Option, LDOT Chief Says

Mon October 06, 2008 - Southeast Edition
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana’s transportation chief says imposing tolls should be an option to pay for road projects in the state during these tough economic times.

William Ankner, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, said in a recent interview that state officials need to look at how they are going to finance road projects.

Ankner stopped short of suggesting tolls as a financing option, but he said it should be considered. He did acknowledge the issue has been controversial.

Former state Transportation Secretary Johnny Bradberry set off a political firestorm in 2006 when he filed a request with federal officials to impose tolls on Interstate 10 and I-12. Then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco quickly ruled out the proposal amid heavy criticism of the idea.