Five Atlantic states sign agreement to reconstruct I-95

| 1/20/2009

Five states on the East Coast have committed to reconstructing and widening more than 1,000 miles of I-95 under a federal program that authorizes tolling.

Departments of transportation in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia signed an agreement Friday, Jan. 19.

Parts of Interstate 95 were first constructed in 1956. Today, more than 60 percent of the 1,917-mile interstate from Florida to Maine has problems with congestion according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Under the Corridors of the Future program established in 2005, states can apply to toll portions of reconstructed or widened interstate highways.

Truckers pay federal taxes and user fees that contribute to the upkeep of interstate highways. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, therefore, opposes the tolling of interstate highways because tolls amount to double taxation for truckers.

I-95 is one of six projects identified in the Corridors of the Future program.

Others include I-5 through Washington state, Oregon and California; I-10 from California to Florida; I-15 from California to Utah; I-70 from Missouri to Indiana; and I-69 from Texas to Michigan. A good portion of the proposed I-69 does not yet exist.

Click here to view a Federal Highway Administration map of the proposed corridors.

– By David Tanner, staff writer