Interstate Tolling Poses New Challenges

The Obama Administration’s reauthorization proposal to give the states the right to choose to add tolls to existing free interstates routes is a big step in the right direction. The interstate system was conceived and largely financed by the federal government, but they own virtually none of it. The entire 47,000 mile system is owned by the states, and they have ultimate responsibility for maintenance, expansion and reconstruction. As much of the system is now more than 50 years old, states are left “holding the bag” for rebuilding the system.



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