For the first time in nearly 20 years, Westbank motorists coming to the Eastbank didn’t have to pays toll to ride on the Crescent City Connection. Yesterday, a Baton Rouge judge nullified November’s toll renewal election. And by late yesterday afternoon, the tolls were gone.
For citizens of metro New Orleans, especially Westbankers, this was a major victory. The entire toll renewal process was a joke.
For starters, no local politician had the courage or intestinal fortitude to author the bill, so the local hacks got a colleague from Pierre Part to sponsor it. Pathetic!
Then the local politicians worked their magic and proceeded to make everyone scared that with no tolls the bridge would most certainly fall into major disrepair. One politician even threatened that we could lose some lanes on the bridge if the renewal isn’t passed. Another spouted off about how the lights would be turned off on the bridge. Utter nonsense.
Now those same politicians are going to have to really scramble to try to convince you again to vote for the renewal in May’s election. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.