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Old 07-10-2008, 09:22 AM
 
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newsobserver.com | State puts cash behind toll roads (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/growth/traffic/story/1136631.html - broken link)

The new budget allocated enough money to get the toll road projects off the ground. According to the linked article, parts will be open as soon as 2010.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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Toll roads. Never thought it would happen. Enjoy it! They "say" they will only keep the toll open until the project is paid for. Tell that to the people who cross:

The Atlantic Beach Bridge (Nassau/Long Island)
The GW Bridge (NY)
The Whitestone (NY)

Well, I could go on, but I think you get the point. The tolls will NEVER go away, and they'll RAISE the tolls as they start counting on it for annual revenue. The above-mentioned bridges probably were paid off a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago... and now it can cost you around $10 per day to cross (both times).
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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So do not go on the toll road-easy enough
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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I don't live in Wake County, so I don't care... I feel sorry for the folks who will have to make the "choice" you just gave me because that road should have been paid for, but thanks to Governor Weasley, the fund is bankrupt.

My point is that 'support' for the toll-measure is a shot in the foot -- because the tolls NEVER disappear. Once the county gets a taste of the revenue they will NOT let it go. And to fund other things, they'll simply raise the toll.

It's happened EVERYWHERE -- I don't know why Wake County always thinks it can do something "better" than where it's failed any other place it's been tried (mandatory-year-round schools, anyone?) but that's not my problem anymore!
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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It's just another road for people to drive 5 miles per hour in during a slight drizzle.....to slow down and rubber neck at someone whose care is on the side of the road changing a tire.........some more highway for people around here to not use turn signals, practice NASCAR lane changes and try to gun it up the shoulder to make it 10 seconds ahead of me.....except this time we get to pay.

Well at least I will get to work faster right....look how good business 70 is working out and it's free.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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So do not go on the toll road-easy enough
Totally agree here. This is different than a tolled bridge in which you would have to drive 30-40 miles out of your way to get around. If you don't want to pay the toll than don't drive on that road. I used to live in Leesburg, VA and always took rt. 7 instead of the dulles greenway toll. I had choices and I chose not to pay $3 to drive 14 miles.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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They actually did take the toll off the Golden Gate Bridge when I lived there. It was off for about 3 months. Then it was put back on, ostensibly because the bridge needed repairs.

It's still there. LOL
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle, NC
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I don't mind however much the tolls will be down there.

Here in MD, to cross Baltimore Harber at any of the tunnels or the bridge (I-95 Ft McHenry, I-895 Harbor Tunnel, I-695 Key Bridge), the toll is $2 each way. Yeah, it's kinda steep, but (1) the tunnels and bridge are well-kept, and (2) they beat any of the alternatives.

Remember Kentucky had its parkways tolled until the road was paid off, after which state law mandated that the tolls be removed. It would be great if the NC legislature passed a similar law.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:50 AM
 
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The closest toll roads to us where the ones around Richmond/Petersburg. Those are no longer toll road. I also remember paying tolls all around Jacksonville, Florida, that are also no longer tolled. So it does happen in the South.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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The closest toll roads to us where the ones around Richmond/Petersburg. Those are no longer toll road. I also remember paying tolls all around Jacksonville, Florida, that are also no longer tolled. So it does happen in the South.
I think the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike tolls opened in 1958 and were discontinued in 1992. Pretty long time to pay for a 30 mile piece of highway.
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