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  • markjb33 May 16, 4:31 p.m.

    Toll it.....I don't have to travel on it.
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    Oh ok, as long as it doesn't effect you.
    Do you really think if the get away tolling 95 that they will stop there?
    40 and 85 and 77 etc will be next

  • markjb33 May 16, 4:28 p.m.

    I didn't think they could toll existing roads? If that is the case, then they need to toll all of 540. Why do "some" people get to live and use the road for free while others have pay? Either toll the whole thing or forget about it. I'm in the leave it free camp myself when it comes to 540.
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    They certainly DO take free roads to make toll roads. 540 W to 55 was free, now it stops at 54. Also TW Alexander was free, no longer.
    I came here from CT, and while I was growing up there well toll booths all over I-95 in that state. It took the Gov't YEARS of running a surplus to finally take them down. The moral: Once tolling begins it is very, very difficult to stop.
    NO TO TOLLS

  • buckskin022 May 15, 1:51 p.m.

    Why do they need to raise the bridges again, they just did they within the last 5 years! I have no choice but to use 95 to get to and from work, why should I have to pay more on top of the costs that I already pay?

  • DrJ May 15, 12:54 p.m.

    I'm sick and tired of hearing that we need more money for roads, when we never seem to lack for money to pay for our lawmakers' pork projects in their local districts. It costs a fortune to build these places, many of which are nothing more than local money grabs, and two fortunes to maintain and staff them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_in_North_Carolina

  • krimson May 15, 11:55 a.m.

    AffDiv: "WHY should I have to bear the added burden of paying tolls for the only interstate I'm likely to use"

    Wait, you're complaining that you'll have to pay to use a road that you admit using??? Don't like the toll, don't drive on I-95!

    Why should I have to help you pay for your precious highway??? I rarely use I-95... Why am I being taxed to fix something that hardly benefits me but seemingly benefits you greatly???

    See how that sword cuts both ways???

  • dwntwnboy2 May 15, 9:16 a.m.

    I didn't think they could toll existing roads? If that is the case, then they need to toll all of 540. Why do "some" people get to live and use the road for free while others have pay? Either toll the whole thing or forget about it. I'm in the leave it free camp myself when it comes to 540.

  • dirtydozen431 May 14, 4:48 p.m.

    The Highway Patrol is losing some of its communication centers so response time to accidents will be extended.

  • affirmativediversity May 14, 4:22 p.m.

    As someone who lives closer to I-95 than any other interstate I'd like to go on record as saying...STUFF YOUR TOLLS!!!!

    I don't get a discount on my vehicle tax or my gas tax or various and numerous other taxes that are all suppose to go towards roads...so WHY should I have to bear the added burden of paying tolls for the only interstate I'm likely to use?

    I haven't heard even a peep about tolls for I-40 or I-85 or I-74...but billions have been spent, or will be spent, upgrading and expanding those roads...

  • cjw6105 May 14, 4:01 p.m.

    The need for more money is simply a commitment to keep spending more and more.

  • baldchip May 14, 3:52 p.m.

    Rebuilding I-95 is a huge job-no doubt. It is an absolute budget nightmare. Billions of dollars would be needed to complete that project.

    Tolls would make tourists & snowbirds help pay for the work. I would like to see our Highway Patrol be more aggressive on enforcement of speed laws on I-95. Speed limit means nothing on I-95-and we could use the money.

    I have an idea to save residents from so much tolling. Put 3 booths up-state line each way and 1 near the middle-say below Smithfield or Benson. Half way is mm 91 just below Smithfield.
    Some NC residents would have to pay some tolls-but this every 30 mile stuff being proposed is rediculous!! Locals get creamed that way.

    Tolls on I-95 are imminent. Let's figure out how to make them work best for NC residents where we pay the least and out of staters pay the most.

  • pappybigtuna1 May 14, 3:45 p.m.

    I know it is very complicated, but I am told NC is growing like crazy (increased tax base?), other states are using I-95, buying stuff in NC - gas, lodging, food, knick-knacks and so on (more revenue?)

    Mr. Tata, please look into (WHY?) NC needs more and more money, if you talk to any elected they need more money, more taxes, more revenue, will it stop when you all get all the money?

  • rroadrunner99 May 14, 3:20 p.m.

    It'll move traffic to US 301 thru N.C. for most people and truckers who travel I-95 to avoid paying the toll. Trucking companies are already being hit with high fuel costs and will avoid this cost when possible. The towns will make money from gas and food sales but town streets will pay the price.

  • Cock a doodle doo May 14, 3:05 p.m.

    and to add to the last comment, Florida has 700 miles of toll highway!

  • Cock a doodle doo May 14, 3:02 p.m.

    "Fl has NO state taxes...yet there is an obvious difference in the quality of the Interstate when you cross over into SC & Fl? Maybe NC should look into how SC and Fl keep their section of I95 in good condition" -dontgetmestarted

    I don't know where you come up with that bit of information. Florida's gas tax is not much less than NC's - it's the 2nd highest in the South. Also, If you live in South Carolina, that gas tax is made up in "fees" on your property taxes and varies by the county you live in, because the counties take care of almost all of their own roads in SC.

  • dsalter May 14, 12:45 p.m.

    They just gave the nod today to rebuild I-40 and I-440 but the only thing mentioned on I-95 is tolls. Talk about being a red headed step child? I guess the eastern part of the state is for the politicians rest and relaxation only. Right?

  • markuswelby May 14, 12:16 p.m.

    As long as the $ is put back to I-95 repairs and not some politicians "pet project".

  • dontgetmestarted May 14, 8:59 a.m.

    How is it that I95 from NC to Fl has NO tolls anywhere. I don't know about SC but Fl has NO state taxes...yet there is an obvious difference in the quality of the Interstate when you cross over into SC & Fl? Maybe NC should look into how SC and Fl keep their section of I95 in good condition.....they seem to have it under control...why can't NC?

  • cjw6105 May 14, 8:31 a.m.

    A key point missed here isn't so much the toll but the amount of the proposed tolls, which could be $25 or more one-way from VA to SC. This is in line with the ridiculously high toll on the Triangle Expressway and would alter how trucking companies drive through this state toward Florida.

    I-85 could end up with much heavier traffic from VA to the Triangle, but I imagine trucks would follow I-95 to US64 near Rocky Mount and then follow 64 to Cary, where they'd hop on US1 south. This would minimize tolls and give the big rigs a freeway from VA to the Sandhills, where they'd have to endure 30 miles of 2-way on US15-501 before reaching I-74, which would link them back to I-95 at the SC border.

    The Triangle, which needs more traffic like I need a toothache, could be flooded with trucks and cars trying to avoid these high tolls. US301 will NOT be the "beneficiary" of this traffic shift.

    A tolled I-95 would bring even higher gas prices plus people determined not to ever stop here again.

  • Disabled Vet May 14, 8:18 a.m.

    If they are going to toll I-95, then they really need to toll EVERY interstate highway in the entire state! That way all interstate users will have to pay and not just those of us that live along 95!

  • Disabled Vet May 14, 8:11 a.m.

    Put tolls on I 95 and all the traffic will divert onto U. S. 301 making it more of a nightmare than the belt line around Raleigh.

  • bowslinger70 May 13, 7:07 p.m.

    If they toll 95 it will cost you wether you drive on it or not. Remember that tons of goods that you purchase will be comming up or down rt 95 and YOU will get stuck with more cost increases because of the tolls !!

  • affirmativediversity May 13, 7:02 p.m.

    Why don't they make that stretch of highway that keeps washing out on the Outer Banks a toll road instead?

  • affirmativediversity May 13, 7:01 p.m.

    Funny how there is never any talk about making I-40 or I-85 toll roads...how many billions have they spent upgrading and widening that?

  • oleguy May 13, 6:47 p.m.

    Toll the road,, and do it fast,,, then maybee some of the small towns on 301 can boom again,,,

  • AFSC426X3 May 13, 5:07 p.m.

    Toll I-95. Charge out-of-staters more. Lottery money wouldn't be a bad idea either for roads. Even better idea. Have an independent contractor control DOT money. Take it out of state hands.

  • liveurownlifepeople May 13, 5:05 p.m.

    Sorry for multiple comments..Explorer Kept Crashing ( prob. cause I didn't pay my tax for it) and it did not show as being sent.

  • liveurownlifepeople May 13, 5:03 p.m.

    Taxes are already a joke... We pay a road usage tax, gas tax both are suppose to be for the roads... Your taxed on your gross pay before you get your money..then EVERY SINGLE STEP OF THE WAY you are Re-taxed again and again and every single thing you do whether its a purchase..cable/phone bills..every bill.. Your government kindly is allowing and I mean allowing you to keep 25 cents of every dollar you make... Wait til they start taxing services soon.. EVERY service like your realator..handyman..carpet cleaner... Everything... YOU WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT without any say so what-so-ever. Now you know WHY they threw the Tea in Boston Harbor back in the day..until we do something close to that they will keep on until we will all be in the soup lines just to have enough to eat

  • Abused By The System May 13, 4:55 p.m.

    Get a Grip... NO TOLL ROADS PERIOD If everybody would stay off that section of 540 would be best too. We are taxed to death in the country as it is.. We already pay a road usage tax...Gas tax for roads... By the time they finish taxing us we prob. get to keep 25 cent out of each dollar we make between the income tax and then everything you do is RE-Taxed again and again. Now they want to tax any services you get... Add up that money when you buy a home.. Or any service call you pay for period.. WHAT ARE WE REALLY PAYING FOR? No wonder they threw all the Tea In Boston's harbor... Until we do it again you will always be working for your government and never for yourself

  • Abused By The System May 13, 4:49 p.m.

    NO TOLLS.... Get the lottery to pay for the roads... Or put a toll booth at the STATE line in every direction...Sick of getting taxed to death.. We all pay a road usage tax with our tags and registration...on gas purchases... If you look at it we prob. get about 25 cents on every dollar we make as it is... your income is taxed and every single thing you do it RE-Taxed and RE-Taxed... No wonder they threw all that Tea in Boston's harbor.... It needs to happen again in some fashion

  • graves1920 May 13, 4:44 p.m.

    NO TOLLS!!!!!

  • bobbyj May 13, 4:42 p.m.

    12.5 mil per mile is the cost.

    if you try to do this from scratch you will lose your shirt. Everyone thinks buildings roads is easy trust me the design and construction is not easy. Just god help us don't let the DOT run the job make this a design build project.

  • bobbyj May 13, 4:39 p.m.

    toll baby toll.....

    user tax not a state tax...

  • killerkestrel May 13, 4:39 p.m.

    Best solution is to raise the gas tax. Yes, there is a problem getting the funding to improve I-95. But there is also a problem getting the funding to complete every other project in NC. NCDOT has less than half the funding needed to do the work required to keep NC moving.

  • ds1005 May 13, 4:30 p.m.

    I agree with the tolls on I-95 but I do not agree with placing them every 22 miles throughout the state. What is the problem with building a toll booth at the Virginia line and at the South Carolina line? Charge $5-$7 a car to travel from state line to state line. It doesn't matter if you live in NC or not if you leave the state on I-95 you pay to come back. You are talking about at least 263 million a year, without raising my taxes any more.

  • goldenosprey May 13, 4:27 p.m.

    ".i live in sw wake and would love to see them toll all of I540>"rushbot

    Those living in NoRal would rather see tolls eliminated in SW wake than see them creep all over the road.

  • wayneboyd May 13, 4:25 p.m.

    The N.C. Department of transportation couldn't run a for profit battery operated four car train.

  • usocrazi May 13, 4:21 p.m.

    How can there be anyone in favor of tolls...that is anyone except for those wanting to privatize and profit from the venture?

    Please oh please just tax us appropriately to pay for all needed roads and road upkeep....PLEASE!

    North Carolina...the newest bananna republic

  • ripetomatoes May 13, 4:16 p.m.

    I like good roads, but I don't like the taxes that are necessary.

    Since the DOT doesn't know how to do road maintenance anymore, let's use some lottery money and hire more of the contractors from way down south that I see are doing all the work already.

    At least they brought a work ethic with them when they moved here.

    Did you know it takes 3 people to remove a dead deer or put up a new sign if they are driving a yellow truck?

    Our DOT has been a shameful money funnel for a long time.

  • ripetomatoes May 13, 4:07 p.m.

    Good thing is it's the only Interstate in NC that I can do without... bartmeister

    It's you who has no clue...

    Can you grasp the volume of goods and services that travel this highway that exit onto I40 and 70 to do business in your area?

    Maybe you are right, food just magically appears on the shelf.

  • rushbot May 13, 3:51 p.m.

    The virginia persons had a toll on I95 up by richmond forever..i am not certain, but i think nc will need permission from the feds to put a toll on an interstate highway...shoot..i live in sw wake and would love to see them toll all of I540>

  • lec02572 May 13, 3:44 p.m.

    The State of North Carolina can't even run "The Triangle Expressway" properly without improper billing, excessive fees, etc. Just think what they would do with the traffic on I-95. How did other states pay for their upgrades to I-95? Plus, you are not starting from scratch, it is improvements, making it wider in places, ect.

  • chance2llc May 13, 3:31 p.m.

    The Triangle Expressway tolls at 0.15/mile. At 30 mpg, that is $4.50 of tolls per gallon of gas. Had they just raised the gas tax by $4.50/gal, we wouldn't need a new government agency (turnpike authority), a road that advertise on the radio, and opulent engraved over-passes. The toll seems to justify the road's cost as opposed to the other way around.
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  • Bartmeister May 13, 3:25 p.m.

    $12.5M per mile to do work? I would gladly create a new company, buy new equipment, and hire a bunch of employees to pave the road at half that rate if awarded the contract. The problem is not the cost, but the insane cost. Does this also include the cost of replace a bridge? That can be expensive, but still... $4.5B dollars? That's an awful lot of money for a road. paulej

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    Well paul I think you ought to check out the cost of doing business in that field. Please be sure to include the requirements for the environmental impacts, soil erosion, material handing, removal and proper disposal, insurance coverages, liabilities, increased Davis Bacon Act for wages and compensation. Oh yeah, the actual equipment to do the work, the intelligence to actually perform the work and the financial capital needed to pay liquidated damages and bond costs. After that, deal with the material cost increases and shortages. You have no clue.

  • Bartmeister May 13, 3:20 p.m.

    I hate driving 95. Good thing is it's the only Interstate in NC that I can do without and not have to drive out of my way.

  • dhowell May 13, 3:02 p.m.

    I will agree to toll I-95 at the same time I-540 and I 85 are tolled with all the big dollar improvements that have been made to them lately. Why should the East have to pay tolls when you can go from Raleigh to Charlotte on a very nice highway with no tolls.

  • CountryBoyz May 13, 3:00 p.m.

    "Toll it with a sticker that is available to residents of NC that lowers or does away with the toll completely PROBLEM SOLVED"
    cpdtg

    Agree! They have the ability to read the license plate and send you a bill, so they should also have the ability to determine if it's a NC plate and either reduce, or eliminate the toll for NC residents. Just charge everyone passing through the state and leave residents alone since we already pay taxes that go towards highways.

  • skinnyCat May 13, 2:50 p.m.

    The Triangle Expressway tolls at 0.15/mile. At 30 mpg, that is $4.50 of tolls per gallon of gas. Had they just raised the gas tax by $4.50/gal, we wouldn't need a new government agency (turnpike authority), a road that advertise on the radio, and opulent engraved over-passes. The toll seems to justify the road's cost as opposed to the other way around.

  • cpdtg May 13, 2:47 p.m.

    Toll it with a sticker that is available to residents of NC that lowers or does away with the toll completely PROBLEM SOLVED

  • goldenosprey May 13, 2:33 p.m.

    "The best plan would be to toll only out-of-state drivers on I-95 and I-85."

    The Supreme Court says we can't do that.

    Not that a little detail like that would stop our legislature.

  • goldenosprey May 13, 2:31 p.m.

    Sadly, this won't go away. As cars get more efficient and use less fuel per mile, while not getting any lighter, and the cost of road construction material goes up, every state will look for new ways to siphon money from your wallet because revenues relative to expense, go down. Having our high gas tax (I paid almost 30 cents less in SC) PLUS tolls if tough on many drivers.
    Personally, I'd rather see the gas tax increased than see more tolls. They'll spread like a disease until it's impossible to avoid.

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