NC Report Recommends Tolls On Interstate 95

North Carolina's first modern-day toll road opened this month, and state officials are already discussing plans for a new one.

The state Department of Transportation released an environmental assessment report Friday detailing plans for work along the 182 miles of Interstate 95 that runs from the Virginia state line to South Carolina.

The report recommends $4.4 billion worth of work, including widening parts of the Interstate to six and eight lanes, raising and rebuilding bridges and making repairs to pavement.

Current funding only covers about 10 percent of that cost, though, so the report recommends adding tolls to the interstate to help make up the difference. The state would need permission from the Federal Highway Administration before it can add tolls.

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  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Jan 23, 2012 at 02:51 AM
    Sam, you have a great point and NC should establish a pass system that would give NC drivers a break on the toll. Unfortunately, NC politicians have never had the savvy that is found in many other states. Where does all the money go that NC collects from its taxpayers? The elected crooks in Raleigh find ways to channel it to benefit them; there can be no other answer. Our voters are lacking the common sense to vote intelligently. Like many other things that they do; they just blindly follow what their family has always done, and as long as that persists, we will have a screwed up government and be the laughingstock of the country.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM
    Wharf Rat, I misinterpreted your statement, but yeah amen to that. If Great Bridge can have these tolls for the benefit of Virginia, then why not Moyock for the benefit of North Carolina?
  • by Yankee Transplant on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:31 PM
    I've driven 95 many times, especially when I lived up north. There are tolls on 95 in MD, DE, NJ (aka Jersey Turnpike). A lot of the cars traveling 95 in NC are out of staters. Heading south, they buy their gas in VA, heading north, they fill up in SC. They are spending no money at all in NC. Hopefully if the tolls do come about, you will be able to buy a pass. MD has an EZ Pass, FL (which is full of toll roads) has a Sun Pass. You buy the pass for a couple of dollars (a sticker), or several more dollars if you want a mobile pass that you can just transfer to another car. Then you set up an account on the internet. Yes, you are still paying a toll, BUT, it is a fraction of what you pay if you have to stop at a toll booth. If NC does set up toll booths, they should follow FL's example, where the toll booths are off the interstate (like the truck weigh stops), and those with passes on their windshields can just keep driving. Yes, I agree with all the comments about the state gov't., and that there is certainly a lot of waste.
  • by Are you serious? on Jan 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    We have the highest gasoline tax in the Southeast. That money is supposed to go to highways. So why is it we need toll roads to go on top of that tax? I think I would prefer an explanation of why the money they already collect is not being better utilized. There is ZERO reason for NC to have toll roads beyond the fact we have morons in government.
  • by 40some on Jan 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    Sales tax on cars, property tax on cars, gas tax, vehicle inspection, tags on cars, tags on commercial vehicles as high as 1000$, tire disposal tax. Keep voting democrat people!
  • by Sam Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    What parts of I-95 need 6 and 8 lanes??!?!!!!! Someone is smoking some serious crazy stuff!
  • by Steeldog Location: Hubert on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    I thought this is why they raised the gas tax. WTF! Where is all this money going?????
  • by bs on Jan 22, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    taxed for earning, taxed for spending, taxed for owning what i bought, tax for using roads (soon to be double taxed), etc etc. isn't this why we left and then kicked England's ... in the first place?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    When we buy our cars we pay a tax giving us permission to drive on the roads here in North Carolina, Every year we pay taxes to keep up the roads, why should North Carolinians be forced to pay tolls on roads we already have paid for? They ain't doing much with the taxes they get for the roads as it is so why do I want to give them more money when I'm visiting throughout the state. How about those that work that require driving on the interstate to get to their respective jobs or the companies that will have to make their products higher to cover the toll fees they will have to pay to transport goods throughout the state. I could understand if someone passes through the state on our roads that doesn't live here, doesn't stop to spend any money here..
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    if these two were to be unelected in the upcomming election cycle an a repbulcian was to get elected to these offies the sad thing about it all is that the people/ citizens of north carolina wouldnt be any better off for they would be mearly swaping the devil we know for the witch that we dont know so in the end what is the differece for me i see none at all thank you

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