(Fay Observer) The prospect of paying $20 tolls to drive Interstate 95 through North Carolina has brought potentially fatal opposition to the idea from state and federal lawmakers.
The state Department of Transportation has spent years exploring the concept of levying tolls on I-95 to speed $4.4 billion in widening, repair and upgrade projects along the 182-mile corridor. The toll plan would raise money far quicker than existing taxes on gasoline and car sales.
But as tolling has evolved from a nebulous concept to a clearer possibility in recent months, communities along I-95 have mounted fierce opposition.
The plan calls for license-plate reading cameras to be mounted at intervals along the interstate. Vehicle owners, identified by their license tags, would receive bills in the mail based on the distance traveled. A rate of 20 cents per mile was proposed for cars; trucks would pay more.
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