South Carolina Legislation Proposes Tolls on I-95

Lawmakers in South Carolina have introduced legislation calling for tolls on a portion of Interstate 95 in the state. Sen. Bradley Hutto and Sen. Kevin Johnson introduced the bill, which would implement a toll along I-95 where it crosses Lake Marion in either Orangeburge or Clarendon County. Hutto said that because Interstate 95 is a federal highway, all money collected through the toll would go toward repairs and improvements on Interstate 95 only.

However, the state does not have the legal authority to place tolls on I-95. They would have to seek permission from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through certain pilot programs.  Currently the available slots in the Interstate Rehabilitation and Reconstruction pilot program are being held by Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia. The senators did not address how they intend to seek permission from FHWA.

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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