http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/effort_to_keep_crescent_city_c.html The gist is it costs $60,000/year to keep the lights on on the Crescent City Connection. They collect roughly $20,000,000 a year in tolls. A judge threw out the toll extension effective last week due to a mistake in the voting process. So this week the CCCD announced that they're shutting the lights off. Various civic groups have offered to pay the bill if they're unwilling to fund it off of the profits they've made so far this year. They're refusing. Unless the tolls are renewed they will not allow the lights to be turned back on on the bridge. Just when you think New Orleans has a future that's somewhat free of corruption they pull this blatant stunt.