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Toll Booths Might Be in N.C.'s Future

Posted April 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— If N.C. Rep. Larry Shaw has his way, toll booths might be erected on I-95.

Shaw's bill calls for constructing the booths at the Virginia and South Carolina borders. The money generated would pay for future construction; Shaw would like to see I-95 expanded from four to at least six lanes from border to border.

The I-95 corridor is one of the most popular highways in the state, enabling motorists to drive efficiently from New York to Florida. The highway passes close to Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Fayetteville and Lumberton.

Some motorists think paying for roads they use is an acceptable concept.

Others see problems with toll booths. Some drivers think they pay enough taxes already; others say there are safety problems with toll booths. The latter say motorists sometimes run into the booths, or into cars waiting in line to toss the coins. Other hazards can occur when people decide suddenly to swerve from one toll booth basket to another, cutting across lanes of moving traffic.

There are no toll booths on North Carolina roads. For I-95 to have some, approval must be granted by the General Assembly, as well as by Congress and federal highway officials.