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State Of Michigan Will Study Toll Roads

Jul 13, 2020

Mackinac Bridge Toll Plaza
Credit Jimmy Emerson, DVM / flickr.com

The state will hire a firm to study the possibility of changing some freeways in Michigan to toll roads.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Republicans in the Legislature have said “no” to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed gas tax increase to pay for road repairs.  But some GOP lawmakers have expressed an interest in toll roads.  Jeff Cranson with the Michigan Department of Transportation says the last serious study of toll roads in Michigan took place in the 1950s.

“The governor basically is saying that everything needs to be on the table as we look to the future.”

Cranson says the study will look at how technology has made it easier to collect tolls, how improved vehicle fuel efficiency has affected gas tax revenue, and whether the public would support the use of tolls to help pay for road repairs.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org