A Utah delegation visited Texas this past weekend to learn how the Lone
Star State has partnered with private groups to build toll roads.
“Primarily, what we’re trying to do is recognize we do have a
tremendous shortfall, so we need to look at every option that’s out there,” Utah state Sen. Sheldon Killpack told The
Killpack, R-Syracuse, said he plans to draft a bill to propose
authorizing tolls before the transportation interim committee in November.
“There will be legislation regarding public-private partnership,” he
said. “That’s why we’re talking to people to gain a better understanding of the
Texas lawmakers recently passed legislation allowing the state to enter
into public-private partnerships for road building.
The 18-member group of Utah legislators met with people who assisted
The Utah Legislature approved a measure earlier this year authorizing
the state’s transportation department to consider tolls as an option for new
state roads. The agency is studying whether the proposed Mountain View Corridor
could be a toll road, The AP reported.
Lawmakers and transportation officials say building toll roads with aid
from the private sector would allow new roads to be built sooner.
The delegation that traveled to Texas will brief members of the interim
committee about their trip later this month.