Sen. McLachlan Says CT Should Not Open the Door to Tolls [News 8 Report]

March 6, 2012

Article as it appeared on WTNH.com

Tolls to pay for road work?
Updated: Monday, 05 Mar 2012, 4:08 PM EST
Published : Monday, 05 Mar 2012, 4:08 PM EST

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) – Should Connecticut use tolls to help pay for some road work in the state: that was the question at a public hearing Monday.

The Transportation Committee heard arguments on both sides.

A bill is being considered that would set up tolls to pay for the extension of Route 11.

“This is supposed to be just a toll proposed now on one road,” said Sen. Michael McLachlan. “That’s like letting the camel under the tent. You open the door to tolls on one road you are going to have tolls state wide.”

“That’s why we specifically included in the bill that once the highway is complete, and the bonds have been paid off, that the tolls come off,” said Rep. Edward Jutila. “It’s very clear in the language in the bill.”

Route 11 was originally planned to run from Colchester to Waterford, but only about half the project was finished. Right now it ends in Salem.

It’s still unclear how much the toll would be or how long the toll would be in effect.