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MoDOT to Propose Tolls on I-70

Patch wants to know what you think.

In an interview with the Kansas City Star published yesterday, the head of the Missouri Department of Transportation floated the idea of tolls on Interstate 70.

Director Kevin Keith said his agency would try to persuade the General Assembly to authorize tolls on the road which crosses the state of Missouri.

A price for the tolls wouldn't be determined until partner contractors are selected and the process approved. Keith has not yet  formally made the request of the Legislature.

Interstate 70 runs through all the major cities of St. Charles County, from to .

Christopher Cook November 11, 2011 at 02:26 PM
From my experience driving on the toll roads in Oklahoma and Texas, the "toll" portion of the road does not start until you are well outside of the city. I would not expect to see a toll booth until you are out to Wentzville.
Elizabeth November 11, 2011 at 02:50 PM
The only toll booths that would be acceptable would be located as you enter the state. Missouri citizens already pay taxes for our roads, we should not be charged fees to drive on roads we already pay for. Charge out of state drivers to enter the state. I see a lot of Illinois plates, one wonders if they license their car in Illinois and reside in Missouri.
Nathan November 11, 2011 at 02:58 PM
I agree with Christopher - the tolls likely would not affect in-city driving in Columbia, St. Louis/Charles, or Kansas City (if MODOT has any sense, anyway, which can be debated). Elizabeth, the point of tolls is to put the charge for certain roads on the individuals who use them. For instance, someone in Hannibal, MO would argue "Yes, toll them. I pay taxes for the upkeep of Interstate 70 but I never use the darn thing!" It goes both ways: Just because you use it doesn't mean all Missourians do. Typically the toll goes to support the road it is on. And the major boost would be from truckers who cross the state, not from Illinois drivers (who, coincidentally, pay lots of MO transportation taxes in the form of Gasoline taxes, as everyone I know from Illinois who comes to MO buys gas here because it is so much cheaper, so the people from IL who drive in MO DO pay MO taxes).
Jim Mason November 12, 2011 at 02:00 AM
You may be right. I see the Illinois plates on cars locally every day. Get out of state plates, & you don't have to pay personal property Taxes on your car.
Elizabeth November 14, 2011 at 04:09 PM
I was referring to people who RESIDE in MO, but maintain their licensing as IL in order to avoid paying the multi-layered taxes/expenses associated with licensing your vehicle in MO, not those who commute in and out of the state. As for your comment in regards to people who don't live near the proposed toll road not having to pay for something they don't use....welcome to the club. We ALL pay for things we don't use everyday. My point is we are ALREADY paying for the roads we use, why should we have to pay MORE just because of where we live. I still stand by what I said earlier. And while IL drivers pay some taxes with their gas purchase, they are still not paying as much as MO residents who also have to comply with licensing requirements.

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