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NCDOT considering tolls for I-95; public feedback encouraged

Posted February 7, 2012

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— A trip on Interstate 95 could become more expensive in the future. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is considering adding tolls along the highway, every 20 miles. Beginning Tuesday, the DOT is holding seven hearings, seeking the public's input.

The hearings will be held in Lumberton, Weldon, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Wilson, Dunn and Fayetteville.

Leaders in Halifax County got a chance to talk with the DOT before the hearings and said drivers there are concerned about possible tolls.

“It’s going to put a real hurt on these people,” said Halifax County commissioner Rives Manning.

DOT engineers say I-95 needs to be improved because it doesn't meet interstate safety standards. A toll is necessary to make those improvements, according to the DOT.

“We want people to keep in mind that a modern and well-maintained highway system benefits everyone,” said NCDOT project manager Kristine O’Connor.

Under the proposed plan, tolling would begin on all of I-95 in North Carolina in 2019. The individual tolls will vary, but, on average, should be around $2. Historically, states have not been allowed to toll existing roads. North Carolina is applying for an exception to that rule. It needs federal approval to do so.

Halifax County business leaders say their companies use I-95 every day, and they’re concerned about the economic impact tolls could have on the county. Interstate 95, I-95 NCDOT considering tolls along I-95

“Kapstone and many other businesses use 95 as a major means of access to get raw materials, and the materials that we need to run our operations, into our facilities, and then, of course, to get our finished goods out to market,” said Kapstone Vice President Anitra Collins.

O’Connor says she understands that an important part of a successful study is getting public feedback, and she encourages people to come to the meetings.

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  • gt2bme Feb 16, 2012

    I believe that adding a toll road on I-95 in NC is one of the worst things that can be done right now with the price of gas having increased as it has lately. Plus the economy being as low as it is, adding another toll road in NC is NOT a wise decision. People are limited on where they can go on vacations as it is, adding another expense is not a smart decison. I am completely against putting tolls on I-95 in NC.

  • babedan Feb 7, 2012

    The reason there is public forums is because if they did it online they would have to listen to the folks it will affect. But how many people living in the areas that will be affected day to day will be able to take off work to come to the forum or will be able to get home around mid-night and get up and go to work the next morning. This way the DOT can say we gave you a chance to speak and there were more in favor that showed up than were not. Of course those in favor will be those that were recruited to say they were in favor.

  • Tommylee Feb 7, 2012

    Just what the working people of NC need MORE TAXES. What a bunch of geniuses.NOT!!
    Seems to me every thing we need is going up in price except salaries.
    Do we need to find another "Plymouth Rock"?

  • linckus Feb 7, 2012

    My feedback: NO! We have payed for this highway and it's repair with our taxes already.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Feb 7, 2012

    It's already expensive to drive...

  • killerkestrel Feb 7, 2012

    Actually cjw6105, the toll to use I-95 from end to end would be just under $20. It wouldn't be worth driving over 50 miles to avoid paying $20.

  • pappybigtuna1 Feb 7, 2012

    If I won the lottery, before cashing the ticket, I would move to VA or SC become a resident, AND NOT GIVE NC ONE STICKING PENNY OF TAX REVENUE

  • agman Feb 7, 2012

    Why have a Toll? Obame prints money so just print some more. China loans money and then they bid on highway jobs in America in order to get the money back. Why not now?

  • klataylor1989 Feb 7, 2012

    all I know is I am going to start driving on 301

  • original intent Feb 7, 2012

    I have great idea!! How about a "Highway Lottery"!!! It worked just great for education------(PUN INTENDED)!!

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