State lawmakers may reinstate tolls on Connecticut highways

State lawmakers heard arguments today about possibly reinstating tolls on Connecticut's highways.Legislators discussed placing tolls along the border between Connecticut and New York. However, First

GREENWICH - State lawmakers heard arguments today about possibly reinstating tolls on Connecticut's highways.

Legislators discussed placing tolls along the border between Connecticut and New York. However, First Selectman Peter Tesei (R-Greenwich) says he is not in favor of the idea. He says he thinks the proposal would force drivers to avoid I-95.

"I would be opposed to any border toll because it will push traffic to divert onto local roads and these are not roads that can sustain increased traffic," he said.

Where some see congestion, though, others say they see an economic opportunity. Some lawmakers in Hartford said the tolls would increase revenue and help provide funds to fix roads and bridges.

State legislators voted to remove tolls in 1987 after several fatal accidents occurred near them.

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