In Maryland, the State Highway Administration is
recommending that a proposal to turn part of Interstate 81 into a toll road be
Highway officials said they heard too much opposition to the
idea from groups like the Chamber of Commerce, according to reports from The
The chamber feared a toll road would hurt economic
development and channel heavy traffic onto a parallel, two-lane route.
If the state does reject the toll road idea, Maryland
transportation officials will have to go back to the drawing board. They were
counting on tolls to help pay for widening I-81 from four lanes to six along a
12-mile stretch near Hagerstown.
Without the toll revenue, they estimated the project could
take 20 to 30 years to complete.