HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Senate has voted to authorize the state’s Department of Transportation to establish temporary tolls on Route 11, an unfinished state highway in southeastern Connecticut.

The Senate passed the bill Thursday on a 22-to-14 vote. It moves to the House of Representatives for further action.

Under the proposal, the tolls would be used to pay for the extension of Route 11, which ends abruptly in Salem. The highway was originally supposed to continue another 8.5 miles to Interstate 95, but the project was been stalled for two decades.

Proponents said the legislation is needed to generate revenue to help complete the highway. The tolls would be discontinued when the project is completed. But opponents said they worry the legislation will open the door to tolls on other highways in Connecticut.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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