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Toll roads a-comin'

by Angeline Booher / March 27, 2008 1:02 AM PDT

Though part of our gasoline tax goes for our highway projects.....

{B]Last week, the federal government eliminated close to $70 million of Tennessee's highway dollars.

Tolls could become a reality in the Volunteer State.

Since 2005, the federal government has taken more than $230 million that was supposed to pay for Tennessee highway projects.

If they're going to keep on taxing us like this on gas, I mean how's a toll road going to help us? Seems like they're coming to dig deeper in our pockets and let us foot the bill for them," said Larry Coleman, a driver."

Some drivers are willing to give tolls the green light.

"You know you're going to have more upkeep for roads. You're going to have more people wanting to expand roads. The money has got to come from somewhere," said Matt Roeder, a driver.

"I think it might not be a bad idea because I can see the progress that has been made around the city," said Sharon James, another motorist. "Traveling is much easier. So go for it."


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sometimes they are not so bad
by WOODS-HICK / March 27, 2008 2:55 AM PDT
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moving east from illinois, I was shocked how I had to pay a toll for every major bridge, tunnel and interstates plus some parkways.

in the chicago area you paid for interstate toll roads and a industrial by-pass called the calumet skyway. most of my travels were on the 'free' roads. one called lake(michigan) shore drive (LSD) was scenic and if it was not also a urban thoroughfare could easily charge for taking you to the surrounding beauty.

one parkway in nj called the garden state(GSP) was a good example of how a toll road should be. it was one the best maintained roads considering the millions of vehicles that use it. of course I am not one who sits for hours sometimes due to traffic volume. every summer the news here has footage of miles-long back-ups on the GSP of folks coming and going to the jersey shore. human interest stories of beleaguered, frustrated parents and their kids crying or screaming. glad I don't have to run that race anymore, I only long-distance travel M-F. also I never go where everyone else does, too crowded here in ubermegalopolis.

I think if user-fees offset additional increases for others, it is desirable. why pay for something you do not use. there are indirect benefits for non-users: bringing goods and commerce. tourism and other ancillary businesses that employ locals.

here's a link to the GSP if you are unfamiliar:


can you volunteer not to use your toll-road?

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I think they are a good idea.
by Angeline Booher / March 27, 2008 6:52 AM PDT

Our infrastructure is crumbling fast, however, and toll roads won't help that.

I do wonder where the gas tax monies collected from the various states and not disbursed to them does go, however. Or if anybody actually knows.

Several years ago on either the Discovery, History of PBS channels was an interesting story about intestates and other major roads, and how quickly they being obsolete as traffic increases. It's like they never catch up with the demand. Just in my city's system there have been several incidents of overpass supports failing that were less than 29 years old.

This past winter was a mild one here, so pothole reairs should be less this spring. But I sspect points north ad west are not so lucky.

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