SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA’s Spencer says ‘It’s time to find another route’

| 10/31/2006

That's the message OOIDA's Executive Vice President Todd Spencer is sending to truckers who typically travel on the Indiana Toll Road.

The Indiana state government - led by Gov. Mitch Daniels - leased the 157-mile toll road in late June to a Spanish-Australian consortium, Cintra-Macquarie, for $3.85 billion in upfront cash. The private investors will operate and maintain the road while pocketing the toll revenue for the next 75 years.

"There would never be a better time than right now for drivers to choose not to use the Indiana Toll Road and get used to running alternative routes," Spencer said.

"That's a way to send the message that as more and more roads are converted to toll roads the secondary highways get more and more of the traffic. If that's the life they want to live, they ought to be willing to embrace it right now."

Spencer said that with so many other states eyeing the prospect of privatizing toll roads, boycotting the Indiana Toll Road would make privatizing existing tolls roads or building more toll roads less appealing to other states.

- By Jami Jones, senior editor