By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wy – A legislative committee is growing fond of an idea to turn Interstate 80 across Wyoming into a toll road. The current idea would be to focus on truck traffic that is crossing the state. Legislators are looking at a variety of cost options, with the lowest being 20 dollars per truck. Lawmakers say the tolls are needed to pay for skyrocketing road maintenance costs. Gillette Representative Tim Hallinan says I-80 is the most expensive road in the state system and finding a way to pay for its upkeep makes sense, because it will free up money for other roads in the state. Senator Michael Von Flatern of Gillette says one issue will be convincing other lawmakers that the need for the additional money is critical. He says over 80 percent of those who drive on I-80 are from out of state.
Wyoming Department of Transportation officials will now meet with federal highway officials to determine what Wyoming needs to do next.