Plan For Limited Highway Tolls Clears Committee

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A legislative committee has approved a bill that would resurrect highway tolls in Connecticut, but only to complete Route 11 in southeastern Connecticut.

The General Assembly’s Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee passed the limited proposal on a 37-15 vote. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

Sen. Andrea Stillman, a Democrat from Waterford, stressed that the retooled bill would only affect Route 11. Funds raised by the tolls would help cover the state’s share of constructing the extension of the highway from Salem to I-95. She said the region has waited 30 years to finish the road and it’s become a serious safety concern.

Rep. David Scribner, a Republican from Brookfield, opposed the bill, saying he’s worried it would open the door to using tolls on other highways.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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