Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he will oppose any proposal by Arizona officials to impose tolls along a 29-mile stretch of Interstate 15 that passes through the Virgin River Gorge. The Arizona Department of Transportation has told the Federal Highway Administration it wants to participate in a pilot toll program to generate funds to repair bridges along that section of the interstate. During his monthly radio program Thursday, Herbert said Arizona’s fiscal mismanagement is not Utah’s responsibility. He said I-15 is part of the interstate system and all states get money back in the form of taxes. He expects Arizona would get approximately $300 million. “They have the responsibility to maintain that 29 mile stretch of road,” Herbert said. “It should not be passed on to somebody else. “So I’m concerned about the idea of a toll. What I find most egregious is the fact that they request of the federal highway folks is that they want to have everybody else pay the toll except for people from Arizona.” The governor says documents released by transportation officials indicate technology could be used to exempt Arizona residents who live near I-15 from the tolls.
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