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Tolls could generate billions for Hoosiers

Right now, Governor Eric Holcomb, the budget committee, and the legislative council are evaluating whether tolls should come to Indiana interstates.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 8:51 AM

Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI) - Right now, Governor Eric Holcomb, the budget committee, and the legislative council are evaluating whether tolls should come to Indiana interstates.

Indiana’s Department of Transportation just released their six-month study.

Based on their results, Indiana could create $40 to $50 billion with toll roads. INDOT evaluated six interstates including I-65, I-69 and I-70.They set their predictions for 2021 – 2050.

Analysts say there is a 50% chance tolls would create about 40 billion dollars in that time. They say I-70 would generate $9 billion dollars alone.

One local commuter says she's willing to pay extra money as soon as possible, in order to fix roads.

“You either pay the tolls and have the roads fixed or drive on something that's really going to tear your car up,” said Rita Dillman.

INDOT tells News 10 there is no set deadline for the Governor and other leaders to decide if the state will move forward with tolling interstates. They say if the decision is to move forward, INDOT is required to submit a strategic plan for implementation by December 1, 2018.

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