POLL: Toll Bill Could 'Open a Can of Worms'

The toll debate has once again been opened in Hartford, and legislators are split in their support.


If one state legislator has his way, motorists will need to carry some spare change to pay for a toll when driving in upstate Connecticut. But several of his colleagues still aren't so sure that tolls are the answer to funding the state's transportation infrastructure, cautioning that it could "open up a can of worms."

According to the Connecticut Post, state Rep. Ed Jutila, D-Niantic, is hoping to usher through the House a bill that would give officials the option of building a toll to fund the completion of Route 11. The project, which connects Colchester and I-95 in Waterford, has long been stalled, the Post reports.

The bill has already passed the Senate by a 24-14 vote. It is still up in the air whether the House will take up the bill during the current session.

"The bill could become a can of worms in terms of implications for tolls in other parts of the state," Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, tells the Post.

Tolls, which were decommissioned in 1983 following a fatal accident in Stratford, are but one measure state officials have talked about as a possible solution to funding and addressing Connecticut's traffic woes. The as one option.

Don Charles May 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
There is no one more against the "Free Spending" Democratic policies than me, however when it comes to tolls, enter and exit polls are the way to go. The revenue is needed but rules have to be put into effect that will use this revenue for proper reasons and not just to give it away to the greedy who won't work. CT like many other states and like our Federal Govt. is in the control of the Liberals who believe in class warfare, give it away to those that we need to have vote for us. Yes as Ed says the dummies in CT will still vote in the DEms and then cry every day at how much taxes etc cost them. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…and that is what the voters in Ct have done and will continue to do.
carm May 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Every time I read the news about what the legislature is considering...it's always ways to get more/new revenue from the taxpayers. Never ideas on how to stimulate the job market and get people gainfully employed and off the roles of dependency. Now this??? When does it ever end. I'm in agreement with the others who responded. Keep electing the democrats into office, and there will never be any relief for the taxpayers. Sadly, many folks I know are moving to states with less taxation, and if that continues we will never become fiscally solvent. How sad :(
John P. Flanagan May 06, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Tolls are user fees. I use the highways every day and did before they were removed. And, I have no problem with bringing them back. And the previously existing ones did just fine on both the Merritt/Wilbur Cross and 95. But, I'd want the State gas tax cut by 33 to 50% Want to put them in as limited access with no tolls on the traffic lanes? That's great! Simply close 2/3 of the on/off ramps on 95 and put them on the remaining exits. Include 91, 8, 84 and 395 too. There are too many convenience exits on 95 and the others particularly around cities anyway. Think that wouldn't fly? Ask those who live near current exits that would be closed. And, it wouldn't take long to have all the drivers in the habit of driving to the new entry/exit tolls either.
chip May 07, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I drove the husband home that night after the fatal accident in Stratford that killed his wife. No tolls. Never again. Never!
Sean M May 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Tolls on 95 and the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County are completely insane. The state wants more money, lower the state gas tax to lower than MA and NJ. Watch the revenues skyrocket from the gas tax, as well as income and sales tax from people stopping here to fill up.


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