The Rocky Mount Telegram last week said that North Carolina should focus on alternative ideas for funding road construction instead of tolling Interstate 95.
In an editorial "Constructive Ideas Offer Alternative to Tolls" the Telegram's editorial board said that after more than a year of protests over the prospects of tolling I-95, "the conversation has turned in a more positive direction."
"Dozens of Eastern North Carolina businesses that depend on the road for commerce have balked at the prospect of tolls, and who can blame them?," the newspaper wrote. "As we’ve noted in this space several times, North Carolina already has the fifth-highest gasoline tax in the country. No state resident wants to pay that kind of levy at the pump and fork over a toll for I-95."
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