Leeville, La. –In anticipation of increased traffic volume for the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has increased its staffing for the toll collections at La. 1 during the annual event.
“Our goal is to be proactive in ensuring that motorists will have a pleasant travel experience to the island and to keep the flow of traffic at a steady pace,” said Rhett Desselle, DOTD Assistant Secretary of Operations. “We have prepared and planned for an increase in traffic volume to the area, so we’re ready.”
DOTD will staff La. 1 throughout the event and also use Port Fourchon Police to assist with traffic management. The in-lane cash and charge machine will be activated for all credit/debit card transactions, but toll collectors will also be on hand to take cash and disburse change for faster transaction times.
DOTD encourages GeauxPass users to avoid lines or delays by utilizing the left lane specifically dedicated 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; and access to a non-stop, open toll lane on La. 1.
Other ways to expedite travel on La. 1 are:
· Pay attention to the advance warning signs along La. 1 leading up to the toll gantry, to determine your vehicle toll classification BEFORE you reach the toll collectors or in-lane cash and charge machine.
· Have your cash or credit/debit card ready before you reach the toll collectors or the in-lane cash and charge machine.
· Take your time when approaching the toll collectors or in-lane cash and charge machine for the safety of the workers and so your vehicle is within arm’s reach of the keypad, credit/debit card swiper and bill/coin collectors.
· If using credit/debit card, select your vehicle type from the chart posted next to the keypad, remember to press “OK” BEFORE inserting your card.
To reduce transaction time, toll customers are encouraged to use a credit/debit card.