The state next week will begin mailing notices for 75,000 toll violations over a two-year period on the La. 1 bridge in Leeville, officials said Friday.
“We realize that it took some time, but we are obligated by a number of laws to complete the process with due diligence,” said Rhett Desselle, assistant secretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera issued a report last year that said state transportation officials allowed up to 300,000 cars and trucks to use the bridge without operators paying.
He also said transportation officials failed to send deliquency notices for 39,700 toll violations as required by state law.
State officials blamed computer problems for delays in processing the notices, which took place from 2009-11.
More than 27,000 invoices for the 75,000 violations will be mailed in increments.