FHWA assigns I-80 toll proposal to specific program


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The Federal Highway Administration has given its initial endorsement to a proposal to convert Interstate 80 into a toll road in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Joseph Brimmeier applied Aug. 17 for FHWA to grant authority to toll the 311-mile I-80.

FHWA responded with a letter to let Brimmeier know the proposal would be considered under the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program – one of six FHWA programs in place to authorize interstate tolling.

Federal law prohibits interstate tolling outside of provision in 2005 federal transportation legislation known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users – or SAFETEA-LU – which created six pilot tolling programs and other FHWA programs such as “Corridors of the Future.”

For the I-80 proposal to become a reality, the U.S. Department of Transportation must still sign off on it.


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