Letter: Tolls could help Connecticut

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

A number of very professional and complete traffic engineering studies have shown that adding congestion pricing (i.e., modern day tolls) along the entire length of I-95 in Connecticut would be the equivalent of adding an additional lane to the highway from one end of the state to the other. This would very severely mitigate the daily traffic congestion that most everybody sees and do it at the least cost.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) would even be more than happy to fund the program, with currently available funds, if Connecticut’s officials would just agree to stop studying and whining about the issue.

The FHA has repeatedly encouraged  Connecticut to commit to this cost effective and demonstrated solution but to no avail. The old bromide that Connecticut would lose money if tolls were put on I-95 is just not true. And the notion that we can fill in the Long Island Sound watershed to widen I-95 is just plain ludicrous.

Along with the new tolling, the too many exits and entrances that were added to the limited access highway’s design plans at the local politicians’ request when the Connecticut Turnpike was first built would be eliminated. Route 1 would be modernized, in both geometry and traffic signals, so that peak local traffic could move along at a regular pace instead of looking like Giant’s stadium letting out after a game.

And with tolling paying the more of the way, I would expect our gas tax to go down and be more in line with our neighbors, too. Tolls may not be politically popular, but they can solve just a few of our big problems in this state.

Jim Brown

Fairfield

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