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Friday, February 03, 2006

Toll Roads?

From Nicole Warburton:
[Senator] Killpack said his bill is simply a "tool" to help with a $16.5 billion deficit for transportation projects over the next 25 years. It doesn't mean toll roads will be built, but it's a way to pay for roads that would otherwise have no funding, he said.

"Whether this passes, we still have to go through a process to see if tolling is appropriate," said Killpack.

"His bill does nothing more than allow us to bring the private sector in and have them help us pay," said UDOT executive director John Njord. "This is not about tolling. We can do that now."

UDOT is currently studying whether to toll the Mountain View Corridor, a freeway proposed for western Salt Lake and Utah counties. If tolling is deemed feasible in the study, and Killpack's legislation is passed, Mountain View could become the first state-owned road to be tolled under a public-private partnership in Utah.

Many west-side residents are not pleased with the idea. "We need to have the tool at our discretion," said Sen. Ed Mayne, D-West Valley, "but oh boy, pick the Mountain View Corridor and there's going to be a fight."

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