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Transportation Commission Considering Toll Funds for I-15 Construction

Transportation Commission Considering Toll Funds for I-15 Construction

Posted - Jan. 20, 2007 at 9:05 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State transportation commissioners are considering a proposal to fund Interstate 15 construction in Utah County with tolls.

The Utah Department of Transportation presented the transportation commission with a study on yesterday. According to the study, tolling two lanes on I-15 could pay for up to 13 percent of the estimated $3 billion to rebuild I-15 in Utah County.

The commission requested the study, but did not take any action on it Friday. Implementing the idea isn't as simple as just adding a fee.

States are prohibited by federal law from charging tolls on "existing" lanes. Adding a fee for the car-pool lanes on I-15 was allowed because they were added to the freeway.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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