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Jul 26, 2012 6:52 AM by AP

24-hour toll collections for annual fishing event

LEEVILLE, La. (AP) - State transportation officials say they will be offering 24-hour toll collections along LA Highway 1 in anticipation of increased traffic surrounding the country's oldest competitive fishing event.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said Wednesday their goal is to keep the flow of traffic at a steady pace as spectators arrive for the 90th annual Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Rhett Desselle, assistant secretary of operations, said there has already been an increase in the traffic volume around the area.

The department says it will staff the highway with toll collectors throughout the event and will use the Port Fourchon Police for assistance with traffic management. The event starts Thursday and will run through Saturday.

The rodeo has traditionally attracted thousands of fishermen and fun seekers to Grand Isle.

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