"The state's got to find a way to get this done," insisted Al Mims Jr. in his opposition to the tolls. "It can't go on our backs anymore."
Voters go to the polls May 4 to decide the issue again. A judge threw out the results of the first election that extended the tolls for 20 more years after finding that hundreds of voters got ballots that did not include the issue.
State Senator JP Morrell says it's looking more and more like the tolls will fail the second time.
"I think that the tolls passing on the May 4 election is a long shot at best," he explained. "At this point, the issue is in the hands of the voters."
State Representative Pat Connick says it was the "most energized" crowd he's ever seen at a town hall meeting.
He told WWL's Tommy Tucker that the state turning off the lights on the bridge last weekend really got people angry.
"People see through that charade," Connick explained. "It's only costing us $40 a night to keep those lights on, and we have millions of dollars to keep them on."
He accused the state Department of Transportation and Development of "intentionally not keeping the lights on."
DOTD claims the legislature must appropriate a new source of funding to pay for powering the lights.
We have asked transportation officials how the state funds decorative lights on other bridges in places including Baton Rouge and Shreveport.
Our calls to DOTD spokeswoman Bambi Hall have not been returned.