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Toll Roads Likely in Utah's Future

Toll Roads Likely in Utah's Future

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah legislators are looking at tolls for any new roads to relieve traffic congestion and help solve a chronic shortfall in highway funding.

A panel of lawmakers invited officials from Colorado and Texas to discuss their experience designing toll roads as they work up the courage to embrace an idea they said could be wildly unpopular with Utah motorists.

Texas is looking at charging ten to 15 cents per mile for a massive superhighway network, and Colorado plans to levy 18 to 28 cents, depending on congestion times along Front Range roads, officials said.

Peggy Catlin is director of the Colorado Tolling Enterprise, a business agency under the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Catlin told the Utah lawmakers said today that Colorado faces the same (B)billion-dollar shortfalls Utah does trying to keep highway construction on pace with population and traffic growth.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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