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North Carolina discusses I-95 as a toll road
Land Line Magazine ^ | March 30, 2010 | David Tanner

Posted on 03/31/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT by Willie Green

Tolling and public-private partnerships are on the table in North Carolina as state officials look into improving Interstate 95.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently hired two consulting firms, PBS&J and Baker Engineering – at a cost of $6.4 million – to evaluate the state’s 182 miles of I-95 and to develop recommendations for financing. The report, titled “I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance Study,” is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011.

“Renewing I-95 through upgrades and widening is an expensive process, and NCDOT is researching both traditional and non-traditional methods of funding as part of this financial model, including the State Highway Fund, tolling, a local option sales tax, public-private partnerships, and others,” NCDOT officials stated in preliminary documents.

An NCDOT spokeswoman said the state will begin public outreach in the coming days with the launch of a new Web site carrying the theme “Driving 95: What’s Your View?”

Public input sessions and hearings have yet to be announced.

I-95 was built and is currently maintained with federal and state tax dollars, a large portion of which comes from truckers. Before the roadway could be tolled, North Carolina would need to obtain tolling authority from the Federal Highway Administration.

I-95 from Maine to Florida is part of the FHWA’s Corridors of the Future program instituted in 2005. That program gives priority to a short list of nationally significant projects eligible for innovative financing methods including tolling.

Also related to funding, North Carolina recently received $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to rehabilitate seven miles of I-95 in Johnston County, according to the FHWA.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: freeways; highways; i95; interstate; transportation
North Carolinians would be well advised to avoid any highway "privatizion" scams.
If tolls are collected for I-95 upgrade and maintenance, then every penny collected should be used for that purpose and not diverted to enrich political "private" cronies.
1 posted on 03/31/2010 8:06:05 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

PA is starting to talk about tolls on I-80 as well. Anything but cutting spending, as usual.


2 posted on 03/31/2010 8:07:12 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Willie Green

Tolls established never go away. Ask yourself why the Golden Gate Bridge toll is still in place. It does NOT cost as much as they collect to keep it in good repair.


3 posted on 03/31/2010 8:09:55 AM PDT by Pecos
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To: Willie Green

Same going on here in PA with I-80.


4 posted on 03/31/2010 8:11:39 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("I'm a fan of disruptors" - Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Willie Green

I can still remember why gasoline is taxed when you buy it at the pump ...

“TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN ROADS.”


5 posted on 03/31/2010 8:12:12 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years.)
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To: Willie Green

They can call it the John Edwards Shafting Highway.


6 posted on 03/31/2010 8:13:25 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Pecos; Willie Green
Tolls established never go away

I-30 between Dallas and Ft Worth.

On August 27, 1957 the highway was open to traffic, but the official opening came a week later on September 5. The turnpike's presence stimulated growth in Arlington and Grand Prairie and facilitated construction of Six Flags Over Texas. On December 31, 1977, the bonds were paid off and the freeway was handed over to the state Department of Transportation, toll collection ceased, and the tollbooths were removed during the following week.

7 posted on 03/31/2010 8:15:05 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Willie Green

I have entirely mixed feelings on this. I despise toll roads unless they offer some great benefit such as higher speed limits or more controlled access.

However, last year I traveled from NC to New Hampshire for a wedding and was shocked at the amount of toll charges on I-95 after you went north of DC.

Now I wonder why we let the yankees travel back and forth from their hell-holes up north to Florida and back for nothing when they gladly charge everyone else a king’s ransom to get from here to there.


8 posted on 03/31/2010 8:15:56 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Willie Green
Politicians steal our wages and pass oppressive laws. That's what they do. That's all they do.
Actually, I think the world would be a better place without self aggrandizing politicians. They're worse than lawyers. Most of them ARE lawyers!
9 posted on 03/31/2010 8:16:37 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: OldNavyVet
I can still remember why gasoline is taxed when you buy it at the pump ...
“TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN ROADS.”

State lotteries - To fix roads and reduce property taxes.

10 posted on 03/31/2010 8:18:03 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Willie Green

Well at least they aren’t thinking about some boondogle like building trains.


11 posted on 03/31/2010 8:23:23 AM PDT by Brookhaven (The next step for the Tea Party--The Conservative Hand--is available at Amazon.com)
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To: Pecos

They do sometimes....the Merrit Pwy in CT was a toll road for many many yrs but that was dropped.


12 posted on 03/31/2010 8:24:28 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Willie Green
Alternate Headline:

Blue State needs a scheme to suck money out of the people's wallets, to pay for "State freeloader social Programs."

13 posted on 03/31/2010 8:35:37 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: Willie Green
Why not. Next the Government will tax the air we breath. The newly designed chip to be installed in all citizens of the new Communists America will have software that will record exhale and inhale. Forgot the existing software in the chip will record every time you pis@. That will be 30 bucks a leak. What fun we will have!!!!!! Hail our King Obama, the mighty.

Kidding aside not one American does not benefit from the highways. Most all goods use the roads. But with toll roads the users pay a larger share of the cost per vehicle and even if this cost is passed on to the non drivers in the form of goods each of those share will be minimal. Drivers, screwed again.

14 posted on 03/31/2010 8:36:33 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Bob Buchholz

Bingo, we road trip to Florida several times a year from Baltimore, MD. The only tolls we pay are getting out of Baltimore on 95. After that its smooth sailing... Matter of fact leaving this Sunday for another roadtrip to Florida... cant wait!


15 posted on 03/31/2010 8:37:01 AM PDT by VastRWCon
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To: All

Suggested Tolls:

North Carolina residents FREE
All other states residents FREE
Postal Vehicles FREE
All other US Government vehicle $1,000,000 per mile!


16 posted on 03/31/2010 8:49:49 AM PDT by outhousepatrol
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To: Bob Buchholz
was shocked at the amount of toll charges on I-95 after you went north of DC.

That's been true for a long, long time. The first time I ever traveled north in 1962 I had to keep shoveling quarters into toll booths.

17 posted on 03/31/2010 8:56:21 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: OldNavyVet
“TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN ROADS.”

NC has one of the highest state gas taxes in the nation. State pols raided the highway fund long ago for other pet projects....

18 posted on 03/31/2010 9:02:33 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Willie Green

I’ve driven on that highway and the only problem with it is the 65mph speed limit.


19 posted on 03/31/2010 9:11:04 AM PDT by fso301
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To: wbill

That and to pay for consultants to advise them on doing dumb things like toll roads....


20 posted on 03/31/2010 9:12:17 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Pecos

The tolls on hwy 44 were dropped when it became I-264 in Va Bch.


21 posted on 03/31/2010 9:13:55 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: outhousepatrol

Even the military vehicles?


22 posted on 03/31/2010 9:14:54 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: Pecos
The toll on the Mackinaw Bridge is going up. They will spend more painting it, than it took to build.
23 posted on 03/31/2010 9:19:17 AM PDT by Mark was here (Fighting for freedom is never easy, especially when your enemies are merely fighting for free stuff.)
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To: 556x45; Pecos

And the Purchase Parkway in western KY.


24 posted on 03/31/2010 9:23:30 AM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Pecos
Tolls established never go away.

False. In southeastern Virginia, the former Virginia Beach Expressway (a toll road) is now "free"; likewise the Midtown Tunnel and Downtown Tunnel were once toll facilities, now are "free".

It does NOT cost as much as they collect to keep it in good repair.

Your expertise on this matter is ... what?

25 posted on 03/31/2010 9:23:49 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Willie Green

I think NOT. I’m a native North Carolinian, and I know ways AROUND such stupidity. AS IF I-95 isn’t SLOW ENOUGH!!!


26 posted on 03/31/2010 9:24:28 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Pecos
Oh, yes ... there used to be a toll booth on I-95 in Richmond, VA.

It's long gone.

27 posted on 03/31/2010 9:25:16 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Pecos
Tolls established never go away.

The SR-520 floating bridge between Seattle and Bellevue was tolled until it was paid off. I have a postcard from many decades ago showing the tollbooths. There is no hint today that they were ever there.

28 posted on 03/31/2010 9:28:52 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: DeFault User

You’ll be happy to know that you got a bargain. No more quarters, the tolls are 4 to 9 dollars a pop and it seems like they are only a couple of miles apart.


29 posted on 03/31/2010 9:43:07 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Willie Green
They should just charge “South of the Border” $ 1,000.00 for every sign they have up. That should take care of any maintenance upkeep they may have.
30 posted on 03/31/2010 9:59:32 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: sionnsar

I guess that makes one in a row.


31 posted on 03/31/2010 10:11:45 AM PDT by Pecos
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To: Willie Green

They’ve been doing this on the northern stretch of I-95 in New Jersey since before I was born. Since North Carolina is now New Jersey South, why should we be surprised?


32 posted on 03/31/2010 10:14:32 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: outhousepatrol

Sounds good to me!


33 posted on 03/31/2010 10:15:28 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: sam_paine

Also, I-95 between Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia (aka the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike); the tolls came off that stretch of 95 a while back. I was surprised they actually did it, as there are several other bridges and short connector highways in the Richmond area (VA 76/Powhite Parkway, VA 895 between I-95 and the Richmond International Airport, the Boulevard Bridge) that still have tolls on them and probably always will.

}:-)4


34 posted on 03/31/2010 11:20:49 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: Willie Green
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently hired two consulting firms, PBS&J and Baker Engineering – at a cost of $6.4 million ...

Our highway department in one sentence.

35 posted on 03/31/2010 4:33:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: jiggyboy

Joe sixpack is scolded about living within his means, elected officials are above that as they just want to increase taxes for their reckless spending habits.


36 posted on 03/31/2010 5:30:52 PM PDT by chiefqc
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