are working on a plan to collect tolls
from all drivers on Interstates 85 and 95 near their states’ common border
Each state could bring in nearly $100 million annually under the plan,
state Sen. Frank Wagner,
. The plan would require the
revenue to be spent on work for the two interstates, The Associated Press reported.
Wagner said he would introduce a bill next year that would toll
passenger vehicles $5 and large trucks even more. A lesser fee would be charged
to commuters who cross the border daily.
He said details of the plan would be worked out during the regular
legislative session that begins Jan. 11, 2006.
An authority made up of officials from both states would oversee the
Wagner said he met recently with two
lawmakers to discuss the proposal.
He told The AP the legislators
didn’t want to be identified until they could meet with their colleagues and
explain the idea.
If approved, the transportation departments from both states would
study the toll proposal. It would need final approval from federal highway
Roberto Fonseca, division administrator for the Federal Highway
said requesting a toll would require a plan for major improvements.
“Just going up there and putting a toll on interstates, federal law
would not allow that,” Fonseca told The