Wyoming considers truck-only toll lanes on I-80

| 5/12/2008

Lawmakers in Wyoming are considering adding truck-only lanes to Interstate 80 and charging truckers tolls to pay for those lanes. The state Department of Transportation has commissioned a study to also look at possible public-private partnerships for the I-80 improvements.

Sen. Michael Von Flatern, R-Gillette is chairman of the Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee. He is one of the lawmakers involved in the consideration of alternative methods to pay for road improvements.

Von Flatern told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio Channel 171 that he doesn’t think tolling one class of vehicles but not another would lead to a legal challenge.

“That’s because of the fact we are going to use the money to make truck traffic work better,” he said.

Von Flatern said the plan would “take money from them (trucks) to make the highway safer for everybody.”

Von Flatern said this is the first study to see if it’s economical.

“The second report comes at the end of July,” he said, “and then we can actually start working on some legislation.”

– Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this report.