The state Department of Transportation is continuing to seek input on the best way to pay for improvements to the I-95 corridor. NC DOT officials released a study last week saying that among several scenarios, mitigated tolls would provide the best economic benefit.
Out-of-state residents and businesses would pay more under a mitigated toll system. It would raise more than five billion dollars per year through 2050 to upgrade I-95. Improvements include road widening, re-paving and bridge replacements.
Roberto Canales with NC DOT says not all public opinion on tolling has been positive, but most agree the work is needed
"Most people accept and say that we need to do something to improve that road, from a safety perspective, from a capacity -- car or truck carrying perspective, and that we need to prepare it for the future,” Canales says. “We can't wait until it breaks down to start talking about what we need to do.'
Two more public hearings are scheduled. Robeson County residents will have their say today Residents in Halifax County can take part in a hearing there tomorrow.