The DOTD finances all other Mississippi River bridges, why not the Crescent City Connection?"
In fact, when tolls cease, the DOTD has promised to treat us just like they do the other 13,204 bridges and 16,666 miles of roadway they service. No better and no worse. In a word: fair. (Hear how Senator Robert Adley, Transportation Committee Chairman, describes “fair” as he has experienced in his area: AKA “Priority Program Stinks” )
Bottom line, to ensure the entire state is treated fairly, the DOTD uses the Highway Priority Program. Simply put, it determines the funding of projects based upon critical need. Even before Governal Jindal cut the budget by $900 million, there were over 7 years of projects on the Highway Priority Program awaiting funding.
But we DO pay a toll. And for that forty cents, CCC drivers get 12 things the rest of the state does not.