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Saturday, May 20, 2006

N.C., Virginia want toll booths on I-95

N.C. DOT estimates that it needs $4 billion for its share of repairs



Legislators in North Carolina and Virginia hope to go into the toll-road business together.

A law passed by Virginia's legislature in April and legislation filed this week in Raleigh would set up a toll booth at the border on Interstate 95, charging each passing car $5.

The money raised through the Virginia-North Carolina Interstate Toll Road Compact would be split between the states and used for improvements to the highway. "We proposed this to get the discussion started about the concept," Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, said Thursday.
What are your thoughts on toll roads???


Blogger RT Miller said...

I am always in favor of alternate sources of revenue that are more optional than payroll taxes: i.e., toll-roads, government sponsored lotteries, & even sales taxes.

In fact, I think it would be a great idea for Stokes County put up a toll booth on US-52 between King & Pinnacle. Imagine the additional revenue for Stokes County!!! Probably a large percentage of that money would come from non-Stokes residents that would otherwise never spend a dime in our county!

Is that a legal option for any (& specifically our) county to pursue? I wouldn't be surprised at all if there is some sort of law preventing a county government from collecting a toll on a US highway. Andy, your on the planning board; Steve, you were a commisioner. What's the verdict?

Saturday, May 20, 2006 2:01:00 PM  

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