BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that cash and charge machines will be activated at the La. 1 toll bridge in Leeville tomorrow at noon.
The first cash and charge machine installed at the bridge has been out of service since August after it was struck by a vehicle. DOTD replaced this machine and added an additional back-up machine. DOTD constructed a protective barrier around the cash and charge machine area to prevent vehicles from striking them in the future.
DOTD recommends that regular commuters consider opening a GeauxPass Toll Tag account. Drivers can avoid lines or delays in the dedicated left lane for toll tag users. The advantages of using GeauxPass are no lines at the toll gantry; no scrambling for loose change or dollar bills; no need to open car windows in bad weather; access to non-stop, open toll lane on La. 1; GeauxPass is a snap to install – no tools necessary; and the GeauxPass Toll Tag also works at the Crescent City Connection Bridge.
However, if customers are periodic travelers to the area, a few things they can do to expedite their travel experience on La. 1 are the following:
- Pay attention to the advance signs along La. 1, leading up to the toll gantry, to pre-determine your vehicle toll classification BEFORE you reach the in-lane cash and charge machine.
- Have your cash or credit/debit card ready before you reach the in-lane cash and charge machine.
- Take your time when approaching the in-lane cash and charge machines, so your vehicle is within arm’s reach of the keypad, credit/debit card swiper and bill/coin collectors.
- Select your vehicle type from the chart posted next to the keypad, remember to press "OK" BEFORE nserting your cash or credit/debit card.
- To reduce transaction time, toll customers are encouraged to use a credit/debit card, or use a minimum number of bills or coins for payment, if using cash.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.
For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.