By Peter O'Dowd
Cheyenne, WY – A joint transportation committee has delayed action on a bill that would establish a toll road along Interstate 80. Lawmakers have been discussing the toll on commercial trucks to make up for dwindling federal dollars that maintain Wyoming highways. Senator Michael Von Flatern (flait-urn) is chairman of Senate Transportation Committee. He says the trucking industry would support the bill.
If a toll is established, federal law would require Wyoming to repay the government the cost of maintaining the interstate from its inception. That cost would be too high to make the project feasible. Von Flatern says lawmakers won't vote on the legislation until at least 2009 when Congress gets closer to finalizing its next federal highway bill.