Obama Administration Wants Ban on Interstate Tolls Removed

Drivers on the nation’s interstates could soon be paying more to travel.

A transportation proposal sent to Congress by the Obama administration on Tuesday would remove a prohibition on tolls for existing interstate highways, clearing the way for states to raise revenue on roads that drivers currently use at no cost.

Congress banned tolls on interstates in 1956 when it created the national highway system under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The administration said lifting the toll ban would help address a shortfall in funding to pay for highway repairs.

The tolls, along with other changes, could provide an additional $87 billion for aging roadways, tunnels and bridges, the administration said.

SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times / Times wires

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