Road tolls boom but effect on traffic congestion up for debate
In a major vote in the Sen포커ate’s transportation subcommittee last week, lawmakers voted 12-3 to approve the transportation package that Gov. John Kitzhaber announced in November.
The proposal would add over 60 percent more lanes in cities than under the original bill, including more than 1,600 new lanes along I-71 in Washington, and the additional capacity to the state’s high-speed rail system.
Traffic on I-69 through the mountains of Arizona will start to go up for a time this summer, which will be a problem for residents near Phoenix, with more than 1 million people who cross the highway through each day traveling eastbound.
“We want to protect the existing highways as much as possible,” House Transportation Chairman Jim Albin said in a statement. “We want to make sure the state doesn’t lose too many opportunities for investment, or simply continue to lose money.”
The Arizona Senate voted on the transportation package in March to move ahead with a bill that would fund highway construction through 2028, with new tolls charged for most new construction, with the exception of road and bridge replacement projects.
While lawmakers have had some discussions about tolls, a Senate bill passed earlier in the year that would have raised the tolls was also opposed by some Senate Republicans who argue that the bill may add $1 billion a year to the state’s $2.3 billion deficit in each of the next two years.
Sen. Will Espero, a Democrat from Tempe who represents a district just north of Phoenix where I-66 passes through, h부천출장샵as not expressed his opposition to tolls in public conversations but said the tolls “do not have an adequate cost” in a phone interview Tuesday.
House Minority Le파라오 카지노ader Michael Neris, R-Tempe, the bill’s sponsor, said the state could not spend more than $200 million on tolls alone as the state has already made the decision to lower tolls on I-69 with the passage of the higher toll.
Tolls would be raised from a current of $5 on I-69 to $8 over the next few years through 2016, with the current rate increasing to $10 beginning on Sept. 30, 2014.
A final budget, currently under consideration, will also increase the tolls for several projects, including work in the Tempe area and some freeway reconstruction on Highway 85 near the village of Ketchum.
House and Senate leaders are seeking a five-year