Missouri Lawmakers Consider Calls for I-70 Tolls
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- A panel of Missouri lawmakers is considering proposals to charges tolls on parts of Interstate 70 to help pay for highway improvements.
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith told lawmakers Tuesday that changes to the interstate, such as widening it to six lanes, could create construction jobs and make the state more economically competitive.
Keith said such improvements could cost as much as $4 billion. Private companies would finance the project up front and collect tolls on I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.
Lawmakers raised several concerns Tuesday with the proposal, including that the tolls could hurt the state's small trucking businesses. They said tolls also could create more congestion on roads and highways near I-70 as people attempt to avoid the tolls.