GONZALES, La. (AP) — Ascension and Livingston parish leaders have agreed to allow a Los Angeles company to study the economic feasibility of a privately owned 2-mile elevated toll road linking the parishes.

American Transportation Partners would have two years to study the proposed private road tying LouisianaHighway 933 at LouisianaHighway 42 in Ascension with LouisianaHighway 16 in Livingston, according to the agreement.

The toll road would be built just upstream of the Louisiana42 bridge crossing the Amite River near Port Vincent.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1gyYuiY) that under the deal, if American Transportation Partners finds the project is feasible, the company would enter into a public-private partnership to design, build, pay for and own the new road.

The company also would set the tolls independently, parish officials say.