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  • piene2 Nov 1, 10:57 a.m.

    "Of course it is true, piene2, that "robbing Peter to pay Paul" (i.e. diverting gas tax money to other uses) is done all the time everywhere but that doesn't make it right. People drive drunk or commit murder all the time everywhere too but those things aren't right either.
    sinenomine"

    Drunk driving and murder are of course common but hardly comparable to stealing from peter to pay Paul. By the way, I must agree with you about driving in Washington DC. I used to have frequent business there and always stayed in Silver Springs and took taxis back and forth.

  • sinenomine Nov 1, 10:22 a.m.

    Of course it is true, piene2, that "robbing Peter to pay Paul" (i.e. diverting gas tax money to other uses) is done all the time everywhere but that doesn't make it right. People drive drunk or commit murder all the time everywhere too but those things aren't right either.

    North Carolina used to be called "the good roads state". After years of neglect and diversion of road funds that phrase is now a bad joke; our roads are lousy. Insomuch as our gas tax is one of the highest, if not the highest, on the East Coast I don't see where we should pay tolls just to have the same level of safety and comfort on our roads which we once did without the necessity for tolls. Instead let the legislators do their jobs, quit wasting our money, and set about repairing the road network we already have.

    Having grown up in Washington DC I am, I might add, an expert on poor paving. A Metrobus can fall out of sight in that city and people think it's just a pothole.

  • piene2 Nov 1, 10:02 a.m.

    "The state has been using the gas tax to pay other bills,
    jburack"

    So what? It is called, stealing from Peter to pay Paul and I doubt that there is a single public, private or individual entity that has not done it at one time or another. Find something else to whine about.

  • beachboater Oct 31, 3:59 p.m.

    Truly American: I think their are many flaws in your plan to take everything down to 2 lanes. There would be many more wrecks. People in a hurry passing when they shouldn't, road rage and what have you. Cars idling along at 10 mph stop and go would probably create more pollution rather than less. The roads would wear out faster with more traffic on a more confined space. And it might take an extra hour to get to work in the morning.

  • Evolve Oct 31, 3:40 p.m.

    I don't understand why we could initially afford interstates (during Roosevelt)and now we need to toll. I think everyone should do what I just did. Go get on the new toll road, get the smallest bill possible and then send multiple checks to pay the bill.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 31, 3:16 p.m.

    Tolls would absolutely be another way of spending money wrecklessly. We don't need that.

  • gphotohound2 Oct 31, 3:03 p.m.

    there is no money for I95 but why is it everytime wake co. ask for a road the state finds the money .oh they are the only ones that need good roads .they got I40to the coast , 64 4 lane to the mountains and know US1 to Southern Pines 4lane at 70 MPH so they can play golf .

  • Banned4Life Oct 31, 2:59 p.m.

    We're going about this all wrong. If we simply reduced all roads down to simple 2-lane affairs, once roadways were so congested with drivers headed down to the corner quickie-mart for the 3rd time that day, maybe folks would start getting a bit smarter and only driving when they needed to. Or carpooling. Or taking public transportation. But we'd end up saving in a lot of ways. Fewer road building projects. Less maintenance and upkeep of existing roadways. Lower gas prices, fewer accidents, less pollution, and so many other pluses. Current contrustion projects already do this for us. While road construction is in progress, we're down to 1 or 2 lanes anyway. So we're already used to driving that way. Simply stop all new construction, allow roadways to deteriorate, and quit spending any more money on all of these SOCIALISTIC PROGRAMS. Put the roads back into the hands of private corps where they BELONG!

  • jburack Oct 31, 2:30 p.m.

    The state has been using the gas tax to pay other bills, just like they have been dipping in the lottery money for other bills, no matter what the people say the abuse goes on. we are taxed on everything you can think of in this state and always we come up short, where is it going and why is nobody is being held accountable, are state auditor who has found people who abuses some of the laws was stoned walled for what she found, The good old boy system has run rampant too long, you keep saying more taxes but we never get ahead, I'll bet if you make I-95 a toll road, the money will be funneled somewhere else and a excuse will be used for why.

  • architect Oct 31, 2:20 p.m.

    Georgia hasn't built a single new interstate highway since the 1960's. North Carolina has built and continues to build HUNDREDS OF MILES of brand-new interstate and interstate-quality highways. What other state besides Texas builds as many new roads as NC? I want to know.

  • fayncmike Oct 31, 2:13 p.m.

    Sure, we don't need tolls. We can just continue driving on our paved cow paths. Calling what we have here a highway system is a bad joke. Everyone wants good roads but think they're just another entitlement. Yes I know all about the fuel tax. It's not enough. Whine all you want but tolls are coming no matter who is elected so just suck it up and get used to the idea.

  • frosty Oct 31, 2:01 p.m.

    Highways are one of the main jobs of the Government. Proposing to have people pay a toll to use them is an admission that the government is not doing it's job. It needs to replaced with people that understand that.

  • Nanny113 Oct 31, 1:54 p.m.

    My state maintained road was initially paved in 1985 and has had almost no maintenance since then. The state would not take over any maintenance of this road until it was paved which the developers did. The pavement at the bottom of the hill has pretty much eroded away to dirt. The rest of pavement is full of cracks and crevices. Until we had a neighbor move in that has a grader we would not get plowed out for almost a week after any snow storm.

  • TiminNCisBack Oct 31, 12:57 p.m.

    Speaking of State Roads, mine is not even paved. How about completing the program launched what 15 years ago and pave all of the state maintained roads first.

  • markjb33 Oct 31, 12:47 p.m.

    The gas tax in NC is already the highest in the area, NO TOLLS, use the gas tax money for roads or cut the tax in half

  • smegma Oct 31, 12:45 p.m.

    haha the 4% that gave failing grades all live in Durham

  • btneast Oct 31, 12:31 p.m.

    The issue is that WE HAVE PAID FOR THIS, but the Government as usual stole money that was to be used for roads and used it for other purposes. Tolls simply allow them to steal more money from you and the roads and bridges will not be any better.

    Best example of this in action is the Lottery. It was sold as the financial savior to education.....think of how well heeled our schools will be with all those millions from the lottery....how's that working out?

  • raleigh292 Oct 31, 11:36 a.m.

    We have one of the highest gas tax on the east coast and that money is suppose to go to a highway trust fund but the NC legistraure has been stealing from it for the past 20 years to pay for other projects. The Toll is just another tax they will miss use.

    Look at the triangle express way. Tolls will never pay for that road because there are other options. I drove it for the first and only time last Sunday afternoon and no one was on it.

  • davidgnews Oct 31, 11:18 a.m.

    If they go to tolls, which they'll find a way to do regardless, then reduce this ridiculous gas tax. Of course, never mind that the DOT needs a complete overhaul itself. It's been a cornerstone of cronyism in state government (among other departments).

  • pappybigtuna1 Oct 31, 11:17 a.m.

    If the DOT can not do the job without raising taxes, it is time to clean that State Department OUT and start over. I mean get rid of everyone, they are not doing their jobs.

    NC no longer needs this "Highway Robbery" to continue, pass out the pink slips, I am freed up with being over TAXED

  • whatelseisnew Oct 31, 10:51 a.m.

    Why do people keep saying those that do not support tolls want something for nothing. Every gallon of fuel put into a vehicle comes with a 50 cent per gallon tax. We are paying off BONDS where the State borrowed money. Renew your plates and there is an extra five dollar fee. The State pulls in a great deal of money from trucking firms. The issue is that WE HAVE PAID FOR THIS, but the Government as usual stole money that was to be used for roads and used it for other purposes. Tolls simply allow them to steal more money from you and the roads and bridges will not be any better. Keep in mind also, 800+ billion in that Obama Stimulus, some of that was to be used for roads and bridges. Exactly how many times do you people want to pay for something before you refuse to be ripped off again?

  • whatelseisnew Oct 31, 10:43 a.m.

    "How can drivers be against a toll road. If you dont use it--it costs you nothing."

    That is incorrect. 540 part of which is now tolled has already been paid for, although it remains incomplete. In 1989 the State Legislature implemented an additional 6 cents per gallon fuel tax, specifically to pay for 540 and a couple of other projects. It is 2012, we are STILL paying that additional 6 cents and they have put a toll on the still incomplete 540. We are also paying for highway bonds. The State Legislature during the easley years kept robbing money from the Highway Trust Fund. So No I will never support tolls. I want that trust fund repaid and they can do that by using the money from the Lottery.

  • PanthersFan45 Oct 31, 10:39 a.m.

    I will take it a step farther, I think that roads are in decent enough shape that we shoould go ahead an cut the State Gas Tax. Its the highest in the Southeast. Maybe the Republican legislature will take it up next year..

  • superman Oct 31, 10:29 a.m.

    How can drivers be against a toll road. If you dont use it--it costs you nothing. They should make education like toll roads the ones that use it should have to be the ones to pay. But then the philosphy of most Americans is that I want it but I want you to pay for it. We live in a small subdivision that was built 30 years ago. Our short road has hundreds of pot holes that have been repaired. When they come out to repair the road it takes them 2 or 3 hours. I would be happy if they resurface our street and make it a roll road.

  • dgcreech Oct 31, 10:03 a.m.

    I live along i-95 and travel it almost daily. I assure you, it does need work. People regularly complain about how bumpy it is, or how the bridges over it aren't safe - people complain about something concerning the interstate all the time, but when it comes to paying for it, NOBODY wants to pay... and instantly it's "A-OK". Do you realize that it wouldn't really cost the individual that much to pay a toll to drive on the road? Want a comparison? Go to New Jersey! Pennsylvania! Maryland! To drive from here to New Jersey you could easily spend close to $10 in tolls alone, yet we would charge less than 3 to go from the NC/VA line to the NC/SC line?

    Amazing, people wanting something for nothing.

  • NiceNSmooth Oct 31, 10:01 a.m.

    NC DOT is still the largest good ol boys club in the state

  • btneast Oct 31, 9:49 a.m.

    Why is there plenty of money to rebuild NC 12 (several times a year, if necessary) every time a minor tropical storm destroys it but there is no money for I-95?


    Perhaps because the OBX through tourism tax revenue is a cash cow for the state? Dare County produces far more tax revenue for the state than they get back in state funding. Tourism is one of the largest industries in the state. 17 billion in tourism revenue for 2010, which is up 9% from 2009.

  • admyank Oct 31, 9:25 a.m.

    "North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said paying for needed I-95 upgrades – adding lanes, improving interchanges and raising or rebuilding bridges – without tolls could take 70 to 80 years to complete."

    What they are not telling you is that with the Tolls, it will take 70 to 80 years to complete.

  • lindatyler2005 Oct 31, 9:14 a.m.

    "without tolls could take 70 to 80 years to complete?????? Are you kidding?

  • cushioncritter Oct 31, 9:06 a.m.

    Why is there plenty of money to rebuild NC 12 (several times a year, if necessary) every time a minor tropical storm destroys it but there is no money for I-95?

  • gracious Oct 31, 8:57 a.m.

    I very seriously doubt that the average citizen is qualified to grade our highway system. I-95 is an extremely dangerous road with too many cars. It needs to be widened and generally upgraded.

  • iron fist Oct 31, 8:11 a.m.

    NC roads are bad, secondary roads are real bad and the repairs that are done are worse then the pot holes Where is all the highway,gas tax money going. Do proper repair first time save money and time by not having to do repair the repairs.

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