By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Transportation says public response to the idea of collecting tolls on Interstate 80 has, for the most part, been negative. WYDOT held a series of five meetings last week in towns along the interstate. Spokesman Bruce Burrows says officials expected to hear opposition.
"You know, it didn't surprise us. This is a new concept for Wyoming, actually a very new concept. But it's important to remember at this point that this is not a plan or a proposal at this point. It's merely a concept."
According to estimates, it will cost six point four billion dollars to maintain I-80 over the next 30 years. That doesn't include potential costs of expanding the highway. Some projections show use of I-80 will double during that time. Burrows says other ways of raising money to maintain the road include increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees.