DE Lawmaker Suggests Toll Instead Of Gas Tax - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

DE Lawmaker Suggests Toll Instead Of Gas Tax

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SUSSEX CO., Del. - Support appears to be stalling -- for Governor Jack Markell's plan to raise the gas tax in Delaware, which is why one Sussex county lawmaker came up with another idea to bring in revenue..."a toll booth, West of Bridgeville.  To catch some of the Baltimore and DC traffic that are visiting our beaches," says Delaware State Representative John Atkins (D).

He estimates a $2 toll coming into Delaware on US 404 could generate close to $15 to $20 million each year.  For locals, Atkins would like to see a waiver of some sort.

With Maryland building a four lane highway on US 404, just before the state line, the Sussex County Democrat says now could be the time to put in the toll, "and if we could tie right to that project and get some federal funding for the toll plaza it could be feasible."

But according to DelDOT officials, "the only way we could toll that road is if we were constructing some sort of major improvement to the road itself."

While DelDOT acknowledges in a statement that "there remains a need to improve the flow of east-west traffic in the state," there is no plan to implement a toll or widen the roads, "due to the impacts it would have on area land-owners..."

If the idea for a toll booth doesn't get far, and he stresses, this is just an idea, with no formal proposal having been submitted, Atkins says he'll keep thinking of other solutions to improve the state's roadways without taxing its residents.

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