Hearing drives up discussion on CT highway toll reinstatement

Connecticut's span of Interstate 95 is one of the few stretches that is free from Washington, D.C. to Canada.

Connecticut's span of Interstate 95 is one of the few stretches that is free from Washington, D.C. to Canada. (2/27/17)

DARIEN - State leaders got an earful Monday about whether Connecticut should bring back highway tolls.

Connecticut's span of Interstate 95 is one of the few stretches that is free from Washington, D.C. to Canada.

In 1983, the I-95 bridge over the Mianus River in Greenwich collapsed, killing three people. Lawmakers said Monday that if action is not taken, another fatal incident could occur. Connecticut today has 338 "structurally deficient" bridges and dwindling gas tax money to fix them.

One proposal would place tolls only at the state line, but western Connecticut lawmakers say that would unfairly target commuters to New York City.

Another idea is "congestion pricing," or only charging tolls during rush hours. Some drivers tell News 12 that they're OK with that option if it means fewer potholes on major roads.

Toll supporters argue that if out-of-state drivers are using Connecticut's highways, they should be paying for them, too.

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